Region: Santa Cruz
Type: Red Wine
Grape: Pinot Noir
The organically-farmed Peter Martin Ray vineyard is part of the original planting of Pinot Noir on Mt. Eden above the town of Saratoga in the Eastern Santa Cruz Mountains. Dating to the late 1800’s this site is of historical significance, as many of today’s modern Pinot plantings have been made with genetic material that originated on this hill. The vineyard is 3 acres of old stake-trained vines that are dry-farmed at 1,600’ in Franciscan Shale soils. The vineyard is still owned and farmed by Peter Martin Ray the son of legendary California vintner Martin “Rusty” Ray. The site is exposed and the soils here are notoriously poor in nutrients which lead the the vines to struggle for survival. The resulting wine is true to its mountain-grown roots and is a nod to the rich history of this site.
Fermented 100% whole cluster with native yeast, and basket pressed to neutral French oak barrels and aged for 10 months.
An elegant wine with with generous flavor, color and structure. Baking spice aromas and bright flavors of cherry and raspberry, underpinned by a deep, earthy minerality.