Angeline Pinot Noir Reserve 2010 is produced from grapes carefully selected from vineyards in these three counties: Sonoma County, Mendocino County and Santa Barbara County. The Sonoma and Mendocino
Counties are known for their cool winters and warm summers, with a coastal influence that often
brings fog to the area. The fog creates a moist blanket during cold weather and cool relief when
the temperature rises which allows the grapes to retain their bright and delicate flavors. The cool
coastal area of Santa Barbara County has temperate weather throughout the year with inland fog
and ocean breezes.
|Wine maker notes
|Our Angeline Pinot Noir is produced from fruit that abounds with intense fruit and rich aromas. By “cold soaking” the crushed grapes and fermenting at moderate temperatures, bright fruit flavors are extracted from the grape, without harsh tannins. This Pinot Noir is aged in French oak barrels for ten months and has a red, dark brick color with intense aromas of black cherry highlighted by smoke and
sweet, earthy spice. Fresh, ripe flavors of red fruit and dried red cherries with soft tannins and a light, easy finish.
|Try the Angeline Pinot Noir with
Portobello mushroom burgers or
a lightly seared salmon fillet, or pasta with a tomato-based sauce.
|A great wine suspends time and place within a bottle. Each vintage is unique, and each vineyard’s grapes express the soil, climate and surroundings in which they’re grown. At Martin Ray, we’ve handpicked growers from diverse California wine regions and cultivated relationships with them alongside their grapes. Our winemaker begins shaping each wine while it’s still in the vineyard and vinifies each in small lots at our winery in the heart of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. The result is a collection of award-winning wines with an impressive breadth of terroir.
Courtney Benham, Proprietor
There’s the typical gentleman farmer stereotype so common today in wine country. And then there’s Courtney Benham, who is of a different mold entirely.
Growing up in the San Joaquin Valley and experiencing the rigors of farming firsthand inured Courtney to the romance of the grape. What called him-and calls him still-was the business side of the equation. When he stumbled upon 1,500 cases of library wine from the legendary Martin Ray label in 1990, Courtney saw an opportunity. He bought the brand and has spent the past 20-plus years shaping it into a vision of his own.
Courtney recognizes that great wine is the sum of more than just good grapes and a talented winemaker; it’s the result of an efficient, nimble whole. A lean core team broadened by a stable of expert consultants and top-tier growers means Courtney has access to the best fruit and the best minds.
His business model unleashes the full potential of both, by fostering creativity and spontaneity while making the most of traditional technique and state-of-the-art equipment at the Martin Ray winery in Russian River Valley. It’s this “whole” that allows Courtney to consistently create top-quality wine that surpasses any of its peers.
“I love the challenge of creating incredible wines that over deliver. That’s where I like to play.”