Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
James Suckling 95
Courtney Benham purchased the Martini and Prati winery and the Martin Ray brand in 2003 and set up shop in the cool marine climate of the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, 50 miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge and notable for no earthly reason, is about 6 miles west of the Charles M. Schulz Museum. The winery has roughly 12 acres of rather newly planted, 2011 Pinot Noir vines.
The wine has a brilliant ruby red color with aromas of raspberry, plum and earthy mushroom. A smooth medium to full bodied, delicious tongue treatment leading to a satisfying balanced finish. An outstanding wine which I would grade just a tiny notch below James Suckling’s rating but I quibble. Snoopy may have wanted a root beer but Linus would have preferred this Pinot along with some dried salmon and Jarlsberg cheese.