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Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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  • RP91
  • CG91
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Winemaker Notes

93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Verdot.

Nestled in the majestic Mayacamas Mountain range nearly 1,000 feet above the Sonoma Valley, is a vineyard that has been producing award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon for three generations. Owned by the Louis M. Martini winery since 1938, the Monte Rosso vineyard (named "Monte Rosso" or "Red Mountain" for its rich, red volcanic soils) is a steep and rugged mountain vineyard with a desirable western exposure that produces wines with a unique sense of terroir.

The Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon is a hand crafted wine sourced from the best vineyard blocks within Monte Rosso. This is a full-bodied wine revealing a dark ruby/purple color, and showcasing an opulent nose of dark berries, licorice, black currants, cherries and tobacco. Flavors of ripe plum with undertones of earthiness and spice, and dried fruit evolve into a rich, long, lingering finish that is impressively structured. It is a perfect complement to warm, earthy dishes, game and red meat such as wild boar, venison and grilled filet mignon.

Critical Acclaim

WW 94
Wilfred Wong of

Blackish-garnet hue. An attractive bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and vanillin oak. Earthy cherry and anise flavors with obvious new oak impressions imparting youthful wood tannins. Still somewhat compact and not as showy as the 2004, yet layers of promising fruit auger well for a rewarding and lengthy future.

WE 92
Wine Enthusiast

Gone are the big, hard tannins that used to mark Cabs from this vineyard. The '05 is soft and smooth, allowing the lush black and red cherry, currant, licorice, teriaki beef and smoky cedar flavors to shine. This wine should develop nicely over the next decade.

WS 91
Wine Spectator

A ripe, racy style, with zesty wild raspberry, black cherry and berry fruit that's intense, full-bodied, sleek and focused, ending with a long, layered finish. Drink now through 2016.

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

The gorgeous 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard (which has some of northern California’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines) displays abundant aromas of loamy soil, cedarwood, creme de cassis, black cherries, unsmoked cigar tobacco, and spice box. This dark ruby/purple-tinged, elegant, full-bodied 2005 reveals excellent equilibrium among all its component parts. Although still reserved and restrained, it is weighty in the mouth. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 25+ years.
91+ points.

CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide

Complex, rooty, briary, loamy and curranty from first sniff, this big and rich wine impresses for its outspoken but surprisingly composed blending of parts. It is full on the palate, high in ripeness, given to a spicy bent yet fully fruited and well-focused in varietal character. It is, in short, the best Cabernet to be produced from this famous hillside vineyard in years, and if it does not demand long aging, it is nevertheless likely to reward a half dozen or more years of patience.

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Louis Martini

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Louis Martini, , California
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.

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Responsible for some of Washington’s most highly acclaimed wines, the Walla Walla Valley has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. It is home to both historic wineries and younger, up-and-coming producers. Though it is cooler and wetter than most of Washington State’s viticultural areas, irrigation from the Columbia River is still common, though some vineyards on the rainier eastern end of the AVA are able to dry farm.

The conditions in the Walla Walla Valley are perfectly suited to Rhône-inspired Syrahs, distinguished by savory notes of black olives, smoke, bacon fat, and fresh earth. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are produced in a range of styles from smooth and supple to tannic and structured. White varieties are a relative rarity here. Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes blended with Sémillon in the style of Bordeaux white blends, resulting in a richer, rounder version take on the variety. Plantings of Viognier are minimal, but often quite successful.

WWH118893_2005 Item# 109152

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