Louis Martini Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Wine Enthusiast - "This is the winery's most ambitious Cabernet. It’s a low production, 100% Cab, aged for more than two years in the barrel. Fantastically rich in blackberries, cherries, chocolate, anise, sandalwood and dusty spices, wrapped into smooth, fine tannins. The toasty oak stands out, and the fruit is primary. Best to give this dramatic young wine some time in the cellar. 2010–2014, although it could go for the long haul. "
The Wine Advocate - "The star of this portfolio is the limited production 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 1. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by a stunning bouquet of camphor, blue and blackberries, cedarwood, fruitcake, and a hint of new saddle leather. The wine boasts fabulous fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, layers of glycerin and richness, and a tremendously long finish. This superb wine can be drunk now, but it should evolve for 25-30+ years."
Wine & Spirits - "Michael Martini selects the fruit for this wine from a collection of mountain sites around Napa Valley, including Constant, Stagecoach and Steinhauer vineyards. It has the tarry intensity of mountain-grown fruit, presented in a rich, luxurious style. Easy to enjoy now with an aged sirloin, this should develop more complexity with bottle age."
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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
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
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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