2012 Napa Valley
90 Points - Robert Parker, Jr.*
Our Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a deep burgundy color and complex aromas of dark fruit, smoky cedar and dried herbs. Concentrated flavors of black cherry and blackberry are framed by licorice and toast on the long finish. Rich and broad in the mouth, this wine has an expansive mid-palate, silky tannins and excellent balance.
*Source: The Wine Advocate, October 2014, Issue #215.
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In The Vineyard
Ideal conditions prevailed throughout the 2012 growing season in the Napa Valley, making for a vintage which many have characterized as classic. A timely bud break and steady flowering were followed by even fruit set and a lengthy season of warm days and cool nights. Dry weather during harvest made for excellent picking conditions, and grapes with optimal ripeness and balance were delivered to the winery.
In The Cellar
Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon delivers the highest quality from our premier Napa Valley vineyards. After destemming, the grapes were transferred to upright tanks for a two- to three-day cold soak. The must was pumped over up to three times a day, with some delestage for the Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot lots to soften tannins. We tasted each lot daily to determine the optimal drainage time, which ultimately led to some extended maceration for the Cabernet. Each lot was evaluated separately as it aged in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels with medium to heavy toast levels for approximately 15 months.
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