This special, five-case bottling of the “Tower Block” has as much historical significance for California winemaking as it does to the continuance of the Martin Ray winemaking tradition. A small, two-acre vineyard, this unique site is comprised entirely of the Heritage Clone 37, which was brought back from France in the 1930s by Martin Ray himself. This first-ever offering marks the Martin Ray Proprietor Courtney Benham’s dedication to the artistry of creating unique wines of distinction and character—a tradition built on the foundation of excellence put forth by Martin Ray under his namesake label from 1943 to 1972.
The fruit was cold-soaked, then fermented in a single, four-ton open-top fermenter with only its native yeast to fully accentuate the clonal characteristics. After a brief maceration period, the must was gently basket-pressed to 40% new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 11 months of aging. It’s a Pinot Noir crafted in the true Sonoma County heritage tradition.
A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.