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Martin Ray Cabernet Reserve Diamond Mountain 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

Martin Ray Cabernet Reserve Diamond Mountain 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine

Origin: USA California - Sonoma

Artisan Vineyard Notes

Characteristics: Good lord! Like pepper and skirt steak this is a chest pounding wonder but one that still boasts high toned charms. Fine but present tannins make for a very nice texture that bears punnets of ripe dark berried fruit, firm scented spices, and a gorgeous breadth of flavor through the finish. Tasting this it is no wonder Martin Ray once said “a mountain vineyard is the most beautiful sight on earth.” At over 2000 feet elevation these small clusters ripen fully by their superior sun exposure but gradually from cooler nights. The results are smaller sized berries with thoroughly ripened scents and flavors unique to mountain fruit. In a time when newbies dip their toes in Napa Valley only to wonder –this is what all the fuss is all about.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, August 2012

"The winemaking methods used in creating our Cabernet Sauvignon are the same as those perfected by the legendary Martin Ray over sixty years ago. Although labor intensive, these traditional techniques produce distinctly enhanced flavors and texture in our wines. A 4-day cold soak, two weeks of open-topped fermentation and hand-punch down are time-honored winemaking practices that create rich structure in the wine. Minimal sulfur dioxide usage preserves fruit intensity and enhances rich, round tannins. Aged for thirty months in French oak barrels- 35 percent in new oak barrels and 65 percent in 1-4 year old barrels-intensifies the complexity and character of the wine. Our Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a tightly wound wine with a deep ruby color and a rich, concentrated structure with layers of well-integrated flavors. Enticing aromas of sumptuous cherries, black currants and ripe plums are accented by hints of vanilla oak that lead to a very long, rich finish."
Wine notes from the winery
Food Pairings: Yuour favorite hearty beef stew, a rib roast or roast prime rib with peppercorns.
Expert Review
90 POINTS!: “A good, classy Cabernet that should develop some bottle complexity in the cellar. It’s dry and elegant in Napa tannins, with intensely concentrated blackberry and cassis flavors. Too strong to drink now, unless you don’t care about subtlety. Try giving it 4-6 years.” –S.H., Wine Enthusiast, May 2011
SILVER MEDAL- 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton

A mountain vineyard is the most beautiful sight on earth. – Martin Ray

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Price: $45.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
Bottles Per Case: 6
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Characteristics: Cabernet Sauvignon 87%, Merlot 7%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Malbec 1%, Petit Verdot 1% | The 2013 growing season was almost identical to 2012. The year began with another dry winter and spring, then throughout the summer we experienced a warm growing season with
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Wine notes from the winery

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Alexander Valley wine with medium body, great
fruit flavors and grippy tannins. Winemaker Kevin Hall added 7% Merlot for structure, a touch
of Cabernet Franc for floral notes and Malbec and Petit Verdot for color.

There are aromas of dark fruit, blackberry, cherry, cassis, plum, vanilla and a slight cocoa and
chocolate note. In the glass there are rich flavors of cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, spice,
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Origin: USA - Sonoma
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Price: $20.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750 mL
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Riedel 'O' Cabernet/Merlot 4x2pk - 0414/0
Description: Riedel "O" is the new take on the wine tumbler. The tumbler, used for centuries as an all-round drinking vessel, is now turned into a sophisticated wine accessory. In short: "O" is the ideal glass for every day use and for every occasion. Without stems to knock into or over, the "O" is pet-proof and kid-friendly, meaning fewer glasses to replace down the line.

The designs of "O" are based on the benchmark shapes of Riedel Vinum. For the first time in glass history the design parameters such as shape of tumbler, size and diameter of rim, have been finely-tuned to enhance the world's most important grape varietals. The price range for the non lead machine-blown glass series is half the price of Riedel Vinum glasses.

It fits in every dishwasher, picnic basket, minibar or small kitchen. Broken stems are a thing of the past.

Sold in packs of 2

For the following Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
Price:  $30.00 per pack

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Description: Introduced in 1986, Vinum was the first machine-made series of glasses in history to be based exclusively on the characteristics of quality, reasonable price and wide distribution.

Vinum has had a permanent impact on the globe's wine glass culture. These glasses have proved to consumers and restaurateurs that the pleasure of consuming wine starts with the glass.

The Vinum collection, developed by Georg Riedel on the principle that the content commands the shape, is the "Vitrum-Vinothek" for every day use. Vinum is made of more than 24% lead crystal.

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For the following Varietals:
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Price:  $58.00 per pack

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