Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
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.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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.
"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.
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