Louis Martini Zinfandel 1996
You guessed it. A big wine. Just look at the alcohol and you can see why we were trying to blend in a little fatness with the Napa Valley Petite Sirah and Dolcetto. I think it worked. 24 days skin contact gave a lot of meat to the mouth. The first crop of Zinfandel from our Monte Rosso Vineyard was a little deficit in acid but there was such a giant second crop, we picked it separately and brought the acid up. Aging in a combination of 30% barrels and the balance neutral upright tanks softened the wine and enhanced its round fatness. Rubenesque would be more appropriate.
Pungent ripe fruit leaps out of the glass with black raspberry, with plenty of briar and vanillin to butter up the bouquet. The flavors abound in the same fashion as the aromas, filling the mouth and finishing with just a twinge of warmth from the ample alcohol. BIG IS THE WORD! - Michael Martini, Winemaker
For 85 years, the Louis M. Martini Winery has crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from the exceptional vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties. Our founder believed in a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, this legacy continues at the historic winery in the Napa Valley with an acclaimed collection of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.