January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines 0Comment

Bruce Golden and Michelle Mercer spent years traveling to the world’s most renowned wine regions. As their passion for wine grew, so did the idea of finding their perfect place to build a family estate and produce genuinely great California Cabernet Sauvignon.

They found this exceptional place in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. The couple formed M-G Vineyards and built their lives on a 120-acre property. This completely secluded vineyard is surrounded by coastal oak trees, madrones, redwoods, manzanitas, 700 olive trees, and giant granite boulders. Granite and quartz underlie the soil, native oak trees dot the landscape, and great owls glide around huge granite boulders.

Bruce and Michelle revitalized a nine-acre vineyard on a pristine hillside with ideal sun exposure, employing sustainable and organic farming methods and working with top viticulturists and winemakers to craft their wine by hand. Here, in this unique microclimate, nights are cool, providing for a longer hang time than is typical for Dry Creek and allowing for deeper flavors and aromas in the wine. In 1999 the vineyards were planted, and their first vintage produced was in 2012 on this gently sloped vineyard planted on igneous rock and sandstone.

Inky and rich, filled with ripe, layered complexity, the wine is lifted by vibrancy and great acidity on the palate. Golden and Mercer have succeeded in producing a Cabernet Sauvignon as magnificent as their property.

Martine’s Wines is the distributor for The Owl & The Oak nationally.