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2016 Martin Ray Pinot Noir Sonoma County

2016 Martin Ray Pinot Noir Sonoma County

It’s been a little while since we’ve reviewed a Pinot Noir.  I guess it’s the chillier winter months making us gravitate towards the bigger reds, but this one stood out to me on my last trip to Costco for a few different reasons.

First, the price, which was $15.99.  I was pretty certain that I had seen it elsewhere for a lot more, and a quick online search indicated I was correct.  The wine is $22 at and $25 at Total Wine.

Martin Ray Pinot Noir

I also noticed the 94 James Suckling score, which seemed a little high (as his scores tend to be in my opinion), so I was intrigued enough to want to give this bottle a shot and report back to you what I found.

In short, this is a nice little bottle of Sonoma Pinot.  It’s very light and subtle throughout, rather simple but remained interesting enough, particularly in the finish to win me over.

It’s medium in body, pretty unassuming in the glass and on the nose, but packs some good flavor in the mouth, a little of that cola/Dr Pepper with spicy cherry and raspberry; highlight is definitely the finish for me, which really sticks around.

Martin Ray Pinot Noir

You can drink this bottle with about anything; it’s super versatile.  Nothing super memorable for me here, but it’s a safe buy for most Pinot fans looking for something elegant and food friendly for under $20. Rating: 88 points

Costco item number: 803486

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 13.8%

Susan Bristol

Wednesday 27th of February 2019

In my So Cal Costco they often have the Martin Rose. I am a fan of Rose if it is Rose of Pinot Noir. Nice find for about $11.99/bottle. Now I'll have to look for the Pinot Noir.

Dan Wiessner

Wednesday 27th of February 2019

Have you tried the Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet for 2016. Pretty darn good for $18 at my Costco in Kenosha, WI.


Wednesday 27th of February 2019

Hi, I have tried previous vintages and those were all great buys. I haven’t seen it in my Costco stores lately but will keep an eye out.

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