LCBO Vintages Release
In an effort to produce a wine that pays tribute to the esteemed AVA’s of the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Carneros (and over-deliver on quality for Chardonnay lovers and casual wine-drinkers alike), Martin Ray combines fruit from top vineyards in each region. Established by one of California’s long-time winemaking legends, the winery has a deep relationship with their growers. The fruit is consistently impeccable, vintage after vintage.
To the delight of grapegrowers and winemakers, the 2016 vintage presented ideal conditions from start through finish. Long-waited rainfall in winter and early spring after years of drought conditions replenished groundwater reserves. The summer was kind, with only a few hot spells, and held over to a true Indian Summer in September; days stayed warm, while cool fog crept in at night. These steady conditions let wineries pick at optimal ripeness, with no threatening weather compromising timing.
Fruit was gently pressed, then fermented by vineyard parcel in French oak barrels (35% new), some by indigenous yeast. All lots went through malolactic fermentation.
The resulting wine is intricate and sophisticated, with ripe cantaloupe, apple, coconut cream, honeysuckle, and lemon zest on the nose and palate. An easy companion when pairing with food, as well as an elegant everyday sip.
“Has the full, creamy mouthfeel one expects in a California Chard, but in this version it’s appealingly balanced by a tangy, citrus freshness.”
Nick Passmore, Forbes, April 2017