2018 MARTIN RAY HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Martin Ray’s entire team is devoted to crafting wines with a sense of place. They source fruit from hillside vineyards that encourage deep root systems which extract minerals and other deposits unique to their origin. For their Howell Mountain Cabernet, they choose Candlestick Ridge Vineyard at 2,250 feet elevation, where decomposed volcanic ash and red clay soils receive twice as much rain as the valley floor yet remain bone dry due to its porous composition. The site produces powerful berries that tell a relentless tale of their place. At $80, it fits right in with its neighbors, but at $49, the wine plays in a different league.
Howell Mountain is cooler than the Valley floor, and in turn, allows the grapes more hang-time, resulting in concentrated fruit. Cooler temperatures align with porous soils and contribute to the intensely powerful fruit produced there.
Martin Ray’s winemaking team includes lead winemaker Leslie Renaud, former winemaker for Foley Estate, and consulting winemaker Keith Emerson of Vineyard 29. The 2018 Howell Mountain Cabernet is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and a powerful reflection of the region and terroir.
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