2012 Sonoma County
Our Louis M. Martini 2012 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of the unique characteristics from several vineyards, creating a superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has ripe flavors of black plum jam and black currant, a reflection of the warmer vintage. Hints of oak and a touch of baking spice support the fruit.
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In The Vineyard
In 2012, we selected more than half of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine from our own vineyards in Sonoma County, with the balance coming from our longstanding partner growers. Specifically, we looked to our Frei Brothers Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley AVA and Barrelli Creek Vineyard and Stefani Vineyard in the Alexander Valley AVA. The 2012 vintage was warmer than the previous few years, resulting in ripe, dark fruit flavors in our Cabernet grapes.
In The Cellar
After harvest, the grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for up to 48 hours to improve extraction of the rich Cabernet flavors. The wine was then readily warmed to temperatures between 88°F and 92°F to enhance the jammy fruit characteristics. Once fermentation reached its halfway point, we slowly dropped the temperature to give the yeast a more hospitable environment. Finally, the grapes were pressed when the optimal balance of flavor and structure was reached. We added roughly eight percent Petite Sirah for its dark fruit characteristics and firm structure, along with a hint of Merlot to encourage a plush mouthfeel.
Download printable tasting notes for this wine and past vintages.