Notes from the Producer
Martin Ray Winery was established in 1943 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Martin Ray’s mission was to make 100% varietal wines in California that could rival great French Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. Today, we continue the tradition of making 100% varietal wines from premium mountain vineyards using the same winemaking practices that made Ray a legendary figure in the wine business.
We source grapes from some of the most unique mountain vineyards in California, including Diamond Mountain, Santa Cruz Mountains and Sonoma Mountain AVA appellations. We also source grapes from the Stags Leap District in Napa Valley, Santa Barbara County and Russian River Valley in Sonoma County.
We use the finest French oak barrels from small, renowned tonnelleries. We prefer medium toast, because it allows for the perfect integration of all the key components that go into making great wine.
Martin Ray believed that great wine developed on its own without the interference of the winemaker. In fact, great wine making is
the result of the winemaker’s ability to use those tools that Mother Nature provides. Our winemaker, Bill Batchelor, follows the wine making philosophy practiced by Martin Ray.
Value and Quality
Our wines are some of the finest wines made in California, and at prices that underscore our philosophy of giving the consumer real value.
Rating: 91 (WS)
Average Price: $13