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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 99315)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $54.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.
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About Louis Martini:

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.