Good Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Lot No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon

/ 750ml
2014 Vintage
/ 750ml
2012 Vintage
/ Louis M. Martini Riedel Glass

Our acclaimed Lot 1 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the pinnacle of our portfolio. Its history dates to 1952, when Louis P. Martini began selecting exceptional lots to showcase the finest Cabernet Sauvignon character and flavors. Today, that legacy continues with winemaker Michael Eddy, who chooses the best fruit from Napa Valley’s most premium vineyards for Lot 1, a wine that draws raves from the world’s top critics.

This an opulent Cabernet Sauvignon with impressive force and breadth. The rich, intense aromas and flavors include blackberry pie, boysenberry, black cherry and more, wrapped in layers of soft spice and caramel. The exceptionally long, polished finish evolves with waves of fruit and toasted oak, and the fine tannins and extraordinary balance of power and elegance will allow this wine to age for decades.

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Awards:

The Wine Advocate. 96+ Points. 2012. Robert M. Parker Jr.. Oct 28 2016 Read full article

Winemaker notes:

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-two 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.

Viticulture notes:

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. We selected the grapes for our Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the best sites in the Napa Valley, including Stagecoach Vineyard in Atlas Peak (45%), Stags Leap (21%) and the balance from select other sites in the valley including Spring Mountain and the Silverado Bench.