Wine Of The Week

WINE OF THE WEEK

April 13, 2005|By Michael Dresser

2001 Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon ($16). This melange of cabernet grapes from Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties is a masterpiece of blending and a worthy homage to the late Martin Ray, a pioneer of the California wine revolution who died in 1976. This is no blockbuster but a very elegant style of cabernet, with vibrant, penetrating flavors of black cherry, black currant, blueberry and chocolate. An impressive bargain, it makes for delightful drinking now but has the structure to age well for up to a decade. Serve with red meat or pasta.

- Michael Dresser

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