Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
This is rich with aromas of cherry, clove, spice and earth. Robust and full-bodied, our 2009 Monte Rosso Cabernet has juicy red fruit flavors and hints of leather, sweet herbs and spice. Oak aging imparts well-integrated nuances of cedar, caramel and brown spice.
The Wine Advocate - "Tasted from barrel, the 2009 is composed of 98.8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.2% Petite Sirah aged in 85% new French and 15% American oak. It came in at 14.5% alcohol, less than the 2008 and 2007 as this was a cooler vintage. Production was only 520 cases. Tightly knit both aromatically and flavor-wise, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals an opaque ruby/purple color as well as notions of black currants, spring flowers, vanillin and toast. With excellent concentration and a long finish, it should be another outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from the Monte Rosso Vineyard, but it will not be comparable to the all-time greats produced in 2007, 2005, 2001 and 1997. Anticipated Maturity: 2015-2025.
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 half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. 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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