Martin Ray 2016 'Synthesis' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Martin Ray 2016 'Synthesis' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

93 Points
James Suckling
93 Points
James Suckling

Mission Codename Mr. SyNTh

We always find ourselves asking how Martin Ray Cabernets consistently stack up the big scores? Could it be that they are year-in-year-out phenomenal or what? The historic Martin Ray winery found a new home in the Russian River Valley, while their motto is “wines of place”, which they clearly take to the heart. Winemaker Lindsey Haughton has impressive range indeed, as SyNThESiS truly is the best of Napa Valley Cabernet in one reasonably priced package, and more so through this Wine Spies exclusive deal of the day bringing it to under $35 deeming it irresistible.

A youthful purple narrow circumference wraps the inky, deeper ruby heart. Young and fresh on the nose, lushly scented with black cherries, spice and a hint of mint. Intense and richly extracted with bold currants, blackberry, cedar, and mocha. Loamy earth and exotic spices wrap it all up with ease and graceful texture on the elegant finish. This superbly balanced Cabernet is a match made in heaven for a hearty game stew.

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Here’s what the wine press has to say:

93 Points – James Suckling“A very pretty and solid cab with currant, cedar and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a delicious finish. Drink or hold.”

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What the Winery Says 2016 'Synthesis' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Martin Ray
Martin Ray
Winemaker
Lindsey Haughton
Vintage
2016
Varietal
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Appellations
Rutherford, Coombsville, Stags Leap, Diamond Mountain
Alcohol
14.8%
Brix at harvest
26.2°-26.9°
pH
3.80
Total Acidity
5.3 g/L
Aging
18 months
Barrels
60% new French oak

About the Winery Martin Ray

Martin Ray Winemaker Lindsey Haughton
Martin Ray Winemaker Lindsey Haughton
Martin Ray 2016 'Synthesis' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Wine Bottle
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Martin Ray 2016 'Synthesis' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Wine Bottle
Offer Expired Nov 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm
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