John Ray, former army captain and bear flag republic leader, was an early founder in what is now Northern California’s wine country.. After establishing successful vineyards throughout the region, Ray made his way up the Northern stretch of the Russian River, planting some of the very first grapes in Mendocino county. Ray’s Station celebrates John Ray’s search for exceptional terroir and his need for discovery. An extended growing season, long hot days and cool maritime-influenced nights combine to make Mendocino a world-class winegrowing region. The benchland vineyards from which we source our fruit offer soils with exceptional drainage and vines whose roots grow deeper than typical valley floor vines, adding complexity to the fruit. Sustainable farming practices ensure that these small-production wines are intense, bold and full of character, much like the region itself. We are proud to partner with respected growers such as Rhodes Vineyards, H&W, Stanton Ranch and Piffero Vineyards. Overseeing fruit sourcing and winemaking is our renowned winemaker Michael Westrick. Michael has been crafting top-tier, Bordeaux-inspired wines for more than 20 years and has directed winemaking for such well-known wineries as Sterling Vineyards in Napa and Stonestreet Winery in Sonoma. With a hands-on approach and well-honed craft, Michael is excited to now create exceptional Cabernet and Merlot from Mendocino County. Handpicked fruit and small-lot winemaking captures the full-flavored, terroir-specific expression of this region.
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