2018 Synthesis Napa Valley Cabernet

Synthesis 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet is the flagship Cabernet from Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery. This winery has a philosophy of synthesizing the Napa Floor and mountain terroir.

This wine is a perfect example of terroir synthesis by sourcing 25% Rutherford, 20% Oakville, 17% Stags Leap District, and 15% Diamond Mountain District for it’s Cabernet. This Cab is 96% Cabernet, 3% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot and aged in 40% New French oak for 18 months.

We opened this 2018 to see how it was doing. After giving this wine 3 hours of decanting, it opened up to that Napa Cab we all love, bold but not in your face. The acidity and tannins were medium plus, but with some time in the cellar, they will relax and you will have a superb Cabernet Sauvignon! I would lay this down for another 3 years. This wine from Costco is another QPR. With a special rebate this wine is only $29!

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My red wine guys, Jim and Rich, have been drinking and comparing red wines together for the last 10 years. We drink reds exclusively (except for champagne during New Year’s Eve celebration's or special occasions). In our search to find the best red wine for the buck, we are constantly buying and drinking a variety of reds. Frequently, we see many of our favorite reds increase in price (making them impractical to buy and consume with the dismal economy). This motivates us to try and compare lesser known reds from a variety of wineries. We are constantly telling our friends where to buy and save on these great reds. One weekend over a bottle of red wine (of course), we decided to share our recommendations with the world via a blog (with the support of our wives who really think this is another way for us to drink more red wine). We are going to be making road trips up the coast and sharing our opinions on some great California Reds. Jim is a retired Navy Senior Chief now working as a Navy Technical Rep. His world travels have given him the opportunity to taste wines on different continents. He finds himself often comparing them to his favorite region – Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford districts that produce some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon's. Richard is a musician who grew up in Santa Maria with a family rich with red wine tradition. According to the family legends, his grandfather used to make wine out of grapefruit when grapes were not available. He grew up drinking and making wine with his father and other Italian families in the central coast, long before there were grape vines in the area. In fact, the reason his family located to California was to make wine! Thank you for visiting our site! We hope you enjoy a glass of exceptional red wine soon!
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