Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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 Wine Advocate - "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 "
Wine & Spirits - "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."
Louis Martini Winery
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. View all Louis Martini Wines
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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 Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.