93 points

Martin Ranch 2003 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains)

Lush and elegant, showing its mountain origins in the dusty tannins. A really beautiful wine, with perfectly ripened blackberry, plum, cola, coffee and spicy oak flavors, and those tannins are rich, ripe and refined. Buy by the case, then open one bottle a year as it slowly evolves.

 — S.H.   Published 4/1/2007
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93 points

Martin Ranch 2011 Thérèse Vineyards Dos Niñas Vineyard Syrah (Santa Clara Valley)

Remarkably intriguing aromas of dragon’s blood spice (a Southeast Asian incense) as well as cinnamon and dried raspberries arise on this wine by Dan and Thérèse Martin. The palate is also highly floral, like sipping a purple bouquet, with violet and ollallieberry flavors that linger after your sip is done.

 — M.K.   Published 3/1/2015
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92 points

Martin Ranch 2011 J.D. Hurley Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains)

Aromas of blackberries are set against freshly milled cedar, dried flowers, chopped herbs and a bit of iron. Oregano and thyme lead the palate, with slightly sour boysenberry fruit as well as espresso, dark chocolate and camphor, leaning on herbs more than ripe fruit.

 — M.K.   Published 4/1/2015
90 points

Martin Ranch 2008 J.D. Hurley Sauvignon Blanc (Arroyo Seco)

Break out the prosciutto, potstickers and other delicious appetizers for this crisp, fruity wine. The zesty acidity brightens fresh flavors of lemons, limes and kiwis. Shows how beautifully this little appellation in the Salinas Valley treats white wines.

 — S.H.   Published 11/1/2009
89 points

Martin Ranch 2009 Thérèse Vineyards Dos Ninas Vineyards Malbec (Santa Clara Valley)

A soft, round Malbec with nice texture and depth, its flavors dominated by blackberry and boysenberry with a spicy cinnamon and vanilla finish. Pair it with beefy, meaty dishes and all will be well in the world.

 — V.B.   Published 2/1/2012
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89 points

Martin Ranch 2005 J.D. Hurley Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains)

Give this young puppy a few years to shed its babyfat. It’s a bit tannic and hard now, although the blackberry, currant and cedar flavors are just fine. But it’s not a longterm ager due to some raisining.

 — S.H.   Published 12/1/2009
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89 points

Martin Ranch 2005 Thérèse Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Cruz Mountains)

Lots of juicy blackberry, cassis and cedar flavors in this dry, full-bodied young wine. But it’s also very tannic, with a lockdown astringency. Seems to have the stuffing for more than six years in the cellar.

 — S.H.   Published 12/1/2009
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88 points

Martin Ranch 2009 Therese Vineyards Carignane (Santa Clara Valley)

A well-made, earthy Carignane, this tastes of cinnamon and plum cobbler, with subtle layers of bacon and smoke on the finish. Full-bodied, but also softly round, this is just right for hearty dishes like braised lamb or roasted pork.

 — V.B.   Published 12/31/2012
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