Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
The 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from several of Sonoma County's most prestigious appellations and blended seamlessly to bring together the unique characteristics of each, creating a superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine offers many layers, featuring aromas and flavors of red cherry, blackberry and fresh sage with an underlying dry creek dustiness. Subtle herbal notes are complemented by additional layers of chocolate and vanilla, resulting in a complex, yet easy drinking, wine.
The Wine News - "Vibrant purple hue. Uplifting blackberry aromas followed by notes of mint, toasted oak and vanilla coffee bean. Tasty layers of black fruit laced with smoky oak and anise-like richness. A remarkably low-priced, well-made offering drinking nicely right now."
The Wine Advocate - "An exquisite value, this is a seductive, fleshy, fruity wine with excellent texture, body, and balance. Lots of cassis as well as silky tannins characterize this top bargain pick! Drink it over the next 5-7 years. "
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 Sonoma CountyView a map of Sonoma County wineriesRelated Links:
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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24 ratings, 20 with reviewsC Brown - Warrenton, VA411/27/2009This is a get-what-you-paid for. I can't see how it gets a 95 rating but it's sonoma and red. You won't go 'wowie-wow-wow' but out of four of us, we were all satisfied. I'd drink it again but still prefer others at a better price.kdvino - Glen Rock, NJ41/19/2010Thought this was good for the price. Would purchase again as an "every day" wine (I enjoy a glass in the evening w/ DH to unwind). Would not necessarily drink it for a special occasion (like dinner out).44/16/2010Louis Martinin Cab is becoming one of my favorite budget wine. It is stated Big&Bold but to me it is a bit on the soft side of Cab. Decanting or aerating is a must. Not too sweet, not too dry with plenty of punch.smarthur - Fairbanks, AK410/20/2010IB - San Diego, CA410/7/2011Tartan Army - Laconia, NH16/12/2011henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL18/11/2011Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA411/21/2010Lovely Cherry and blackberry flavor with hints of vanilla - it drinks like a pinot noir - so easy to drink - yummy!Poppajohn - North Port, FL58/11/2010Great wine with a most pleasurable taste, color, aroma and finish. Of the 6 varieties I bought, this was tops.38/24/2010Very good dark cherry flavor. Excellent with red meat. Would buy again.CuteAndBubbly - Washington, DC58/26/2010A little less excellent than its Napa brother, but still good.mrmike - Houston, TX47/13/2010This wine is fruity with lots of berry flavor. Slight chocolate and oak. Mild tannin. I almost thought it was a dessert wine. I believe it to be good by itself or a light meal.45/12/2010A very smooth, drinkable cab. Good Value. Will stock as the house (just a private residence) cab in place of chilean cab.Sweetiepye - Florissant, MO55/19/2010this is a great wine to drink with Salmon or any other fish. it also is good with cheese and crackers.TGal - Plano, TX36/24/2010I don't consider myself to have an intuitive palate, but man, the cherry in this really jumped out at me on first sip. Not in a good way, either. I prefer the Martini Napa Valley way over this one.41/2/2010Being always on the lookout for a good value, I've been a fan of the Louis Martini Cabs in recent years - especially the Sonoma County. This is a solid, satisfying effort. A reasonably complex flavor profile for a Cab in this price category, slightly on the leaner side body-wise. If anything was missing for me, tannins were on the soft side so probably won't improve tremendously with age and didn't have as long a finish as would be ideal, but is basically ready to drink now. Satisfying with the leg of lamb I roasted up for the family one holiday evening.Douglas Shearer - Moxee, WA35/25/2010I recently bought this very same wine at Safeway in Spokane, WA for $11.47 - when buying 6 bottles of this and/or in combination with other wines. That is 3 bucks CHEAPER than the price on this site.41/7/2010Flavorful, full bodied and good for many occasions. Solid wine for the price.47/21/2010Very drinkable and an excellent buy. I gave a bottle to friends who are serious about their wines. They were impressed enough to buy four bottles for their personal use.Bonnie Richards - Bala Cynwyd, PA56/9/2010This cab was a delicious cap to a long, hard day. True to the description on wine.com I found it so balanced and easy to drink. The vanilla notes really came through for me and I can't wait to get home tonight to finish it off! Good value too!412/8/2009Has much of the complexity of a 'big' cab but also very smooth and easy to drink. Good value.54/7/2010like it very muchMudfud - Pelham, NY212/10/2009thin fruits, certainly drinkable, but not overwhelmed. Would guess a Robert Parker 81JGray - Glen Rock, PA47/13/2010nice balance - tasted much higher in the merit scale!Related ProductsDecadent blueberry and black cherry aromas and flavors. Notes of smoky cedar, dried herbs and licorice unfold around this wine's ...
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.
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