Martin Ray 2021 Monterey + Sonoma Chardonnay

Balanced by these distinct appellations, Martin Ray blends their 100% Chardonnay to be classic in style and defined by the diversity among the vineyards we source from… Monterey County 51%, Sonoma County 49%.

The culmination of factors from another drought year in California surprised us with a beautiful vintage. An unseasonably dry and mild winter, which led to an early spring, forced the vines into bud break during peak frost season. A relatively warm, but even summer, resulted in early harvest dates, with lower-than-average yields.  Each lot picked individually at peak ripeness. Gently pressed, cold-settled for two days, then racked to stainless and 20% new French oak barrels. Certain lots see inoculation, while others are natural yeast fermentations. Fresh and viscous, with baked apple, quince and apricot on the front. Citrus notes with caramelized pineapple, bartlett pear, and subtle white pepper. Mouthwatering salinity interlaced with a hint of honeysuckle, and bright acidity throughout.

92 Pts | James Suckling

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