2011 Lot No. 1
91 Points - Robert Parker, Jr.*
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.
*Source: The Wine Advocate, December 2013 Issue.
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In The Vineyard
In 2011, we had unusually cooler temperatures in the Napa Valley, which led to a later harvest. Because of this longer time on the vine, our Cabernet grapes achieved a delicate balance of acidity and concentrated fruit flavors. We selected the grapes for our Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the best sites in the Napa Valley: 19% Atlas Peak, 19% Howell Mountain, 19% Calistoga, 15% Spring Mountain, 15% Stags Leap, and 13% from the Napa Valley.
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 3.5-ton, open-top tanks. Twenty percent of the blend was fermented with a submerged cap for a more gentle extraction, which created more elegant tannins. Two weeks after primary fermentation, the wine was racked by gravity into French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. After managing the wine as individual barrel lots through the winter and spring, we assembled the majority of the blend in June, allowing the flavors to integrate before sending the wine back to barrel for another year of aging. Lot 1 Cabernet was aged entirely in French oak barrels, 96% of which were new, for a total of 21 months.
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