2010 Lot No. 1
The concept of Lot wines at Louis M. Martini dates back to 1968 when Louis P. Martini, Michael Martini's father, first made luxury Cabernet Sauvignons from selected barrels which he named by lot numbers. At that time, Louis P. Martini was making Cabernets in the league with other Napa Valley greats such as George De Latour, Heitz Martha's Vineyard and Robert Mondavi. Sourcing of his fruit likely included Monte Rosso grapes and other vineyards from his friends in the Napa Valley. The Martini lot wines produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s were considered among the most collectible of Martini's wines Today, Michael Martini continues to enjoy access to premium Napa Valley vineyards and to blend Cabernet Sauvignon from the best mountain top AVAs, just like his father did.
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In The Vineyard
The 2010 vintage was one of the coolest vintages on record. Subsequently, the grapes matured at a slow pace, allowing for intense flavor and tannin development while retaining the grape's natural acidity. The 2010 growing season was long and cool with a few unexpected heat spikes in late summer that resulted in a late and shortened harvest with lower yields. We selected the fruit for our 2010 Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the best sites in the Napa Valley, including Pritchard Hill in St. Helena, Spring Mountain, Stag's Leap, Atlas Peak and Howell Mountain.
In The Cellar
The grapes for our Louis M. Martini Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon were hand-harvested in half-ton picking bins and hand-sorted before destemming and partial crushing. The must was then gravity-fed into open-top tanks at Cellar No. 254. Fifteen percent of the blend was fermented with a submerged cap for a more gentle extraction, which created more elegant tannins. After fermentation, the wine was racked by gravity into French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. After gently handling the wine as individual barrel lots through the winter and spring, we assembled the majority of the blend in June 2011, allowing the flavors to integrate before sending the wine back to barrel for another year of aging. Lot 1 was aged in French oak barrels, 95 percent of which were new, for a total of 21 months. The oak notes were seamlessly integrated into the final blend, adding hints of chocolate and brown spice without overpowering the intense fruit flavors.
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