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2014 Martin Ray Winery Cabernet Sauvignon "Synthesis"

Winery: Martin Ray Winery

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Synthesis"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc & 4% Petit Verdot

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: 2,100

KWG Score: 90.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: May 27, 2017

Wine Review: This opaque and ruby red colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley opens with a black currant and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and soft. The flavor profile is a red currant and black cherry blend with notes of red plum. I also detected hints of white pepper and oak. The finish is dry and its acidity and flavors are nicely prolonged. This Cab is food friendly and would pair well with braised rosemary lamb shoulder chops. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: True to its origins, the Synthesis has a complex bouquet of dried baking herbs and bold red and purple fruits along the lines of Maraschino cherries, figs and spiced baked plums. The Bordeaux blenders add a complementary hint of blueberries and toasted marshmallows. The Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon blend is a beautiful compromise between the softer, more readily approachable structure of Napa's valley floor fruit, and the large chewy tannins that define Napa's mountain appellations. Pair with braised short ribs.

Organic status: not organic

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