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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Harvest took place throughout October and November during the early morning hours in order to keep the fruit as cool as possible. The grapes were hand sorted to ensure only the best fruit was chosen to go into make the Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon. Prior to fermentation, the grapes were cold soaked for up to five days, which assisted in retaining the grape's varietal essence and helped to minimize bitter tannin extraction in the resultant wine. For maximum extraction of color and flavor, the must was in contact with the skins for an optimal 21 days at temperatures not exceeding 89°F; thus contributing to greater extraction of black, dark, violet hues that visually hint at the depth and flavor of the wine. After primary fermentation was complete, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrels. The wine was racked every 3-4 months and aged in 90% French and 10% American medium and medium plus toasted oak barrels.
"The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso does not have the depth of the 2003. It is slightly softer, dark ruby/purple, with more fruit in the front-end, but not the intensity, richness, or structure in the mid-palate or finish. This will be a more charming, elegant wine when released. It should drink well for 10-15+ years. Range: 88-91
The Wine Advocate
"The rich fruit of this wine is lush and fragrant, with superripe blackberry and blueberry flavors. The tannins hit that fruit with power, contrasting its gentleness with tougher, mountain-grown structure. This needs time for those two elements to meld."
Wine & Spirits
For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...Read More About Sonoma County
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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