WINEMAKER(S)
Bill Batchelor, Lindsey Haughton

2017 AUCTION LOT NO. 57

Sonoma County Barrel Auction
Martin Ray Vineyards and Winery
Take Us to the "Tower Block" Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley
2016
5 CASES PRODUCED
Sonoma County

ABOUT THE WINE

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.

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE

August 2017

ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE

June 2018

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.