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2014 Martin Ray Winery Cabernet Sauvignon "Stags Leap District"

Winery: Martin Ray Winery

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Stags Leap District"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Stags Leap

State or country: CA

Price: $90

Cases produced: 430

KWG Score: 90 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: March 26, 2017

Wine Review: This pitch black colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap opens with a shy black currant bouquet with a hint of root beer and oak. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a black currant, mild plum, and minerality blend that leads into some toasty oak, black olive and blueberry with a hint of coconut. The finish is dry and its moderate refined tannins linger nicely. On day two this wine opens up a bit more in terms of fruit, which is nice. This Cab is ready to go, but would benefit from a little decanting to loosen up the fruit. Then I would pair it with a filet mignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Our Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is often defined by its subtlety in contrast to the much more immodest mountain Cabernets, with already matured ripe red cherries, floral violets and aromatic baking spices reminiscent of nutmeg and cloves. As is typical of the Stags Leap District Cabernet, it is always the first out of the gate with an early appreciable mellowing of its tannins and forward presentation of its bright red fruit. Pair with roast leg of lamb with rosemary potatoes.

Organic status: not organic

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