High ripeness and extract may not have been the norm in 2011, but this robust, fully expressed offering proves that the vintage is not so singularly defined. It is a big, sprawling wine that verges on excess at every stop, but it is absolutely bursting with fruit and sports sweeping Cabernet character..Read full article
Lot No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon
The concept of lot wines at Louis M. Martini dates back to 1952, when Louis P. Martini first made luxury Cabernet Sauvignon wines from selected vineyards that he named by lots. Today, we continue the legacy, selecting the best grapes from Napa Valley’s extraordinary mountaintop and benchland vineyards for this wine. Lot 1 is a sought-after wine that captures the essence of Napa Valley’s distinctive terroir.
This is a big Cabernet—dark, dense and rich—with pronounced blackberry and blackcurrant notes, suggestions of licorice and dark cherry, and layers of cocoa, tobacco and clove. Full-bodied, it has a richly fruited mid-palate featuring cassis and coffee, and a long finish marked by dark fruit and spice.
Ideal conditions prevailed throughout the 2012 growing season in the Napa Valley, making for a vintage which many have characterized as classic. We selected fruit 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.
- Great Pairings:
- 95-97 Points: The Wine Advocate, October 2015 - 2013 Vintage
- 93 Points: James Suckling.com, July 2015 - 2012 Vintage
- 95 Points: The Wine Advocate, October 2014 - 2012 Vintage
- 92 Points: Wine Spectator, May 2014 - 2010 Vintage
- 95 Points: JamesSuckling.com, May 2014 - 2010 Vintage