Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon

Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

/ 2014 750 ml
/ 2013 750 ml
/ 2012 750 ml

Monte Rosso Vineyard rolls across steep, rugged terrain in the majestic Mayacamas Mountains nearly 1,300 feet above the Sonoma Valley. Owned by the Louis M. Martini Winery since 1938, it is named for its rich, red volcanic soils and has produced award winning wines for three generations. The vineyard’s mix of high altitude, position above the fog, low-yielding vines, and ideal western exposure produces wines with a unique sense of terroir. Monte Rosso is one of California’s most prized locations for wine grapes.

Awards:

2013 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: 95+ Points The Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker Jr., October 2016 Read full article
2012 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: 93+ Points The Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker Jr., October 01 2015 Read full article

Winemaker notes:

2012 Vintage: The Cabernet grapes for this wine were carefully hand harvested and hand sorted, then cold soaked for two days before being gravity fed into fermenters. After primary fermentation, the wine was racked by gravity into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for up to 27 months in French and American oak barrels, much of it new oak (78% new French, 14% new American, 8% neutral barrels) before the final blend was assembled, then sent back to barrel to allow the flavors to integrate before bottling.

2013 Vintage: The Cabernet grapes for this wine were carefully hand harvested and hand sorted, then cold soaked for up to three days before being gravity fed into 3.5 ton and 7-ton open top fermenters. After primary fermentation, free run juice was drained and the must gently pressed in a 5-ton basket press. The wine was racked by gravity into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, then aged in separate lots for up to 26 months in French and American oak barrels (72% new French, 16% new American, 12% neutral barrels). The final blend was assembled, then sent back to barrel to allow the flavors to integrate before bottling.

2014 Vintage: The Cabernet grapes were carefully hand harvested by block and hand sorted, then gravity fed into small, open top fermenters for a 3-day cold soak before primary fermentation. After fermentation, the free run juice was drained and the must gently pressed in a 5-ton basket press. The wine was racked by gravity into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The blocks were aged separately for months before the final blend was assembled and sent back to barrel to allow the flavors to integrate before bottling. Total barrel aging was 26 months in a mix of 72% new French oak, 16% new American oak and 12% neutral barrels.

Viticulture notes:

2012 Vintage: One of California's most historic vineyards, Monte Rosso is nestled 1,200 feet above the Sonoma Valley in the majestic Mayacamas mountain range. The red volcanic soils and low-yielding old vines on this steep, rugged mountaintop have produced treasured grapes for the Martini portfolio of fine wines since Louis M. Martini purchased the vineyard in 1938. In 2012, the growing season had ideal conditions and produced a classic vintage. Bud break was timely, followed by steady flowering and an even fruit set. The heart of the season was a long, consistent stretch of warm days and cool nights, resulting in balanced structure, ideal levels of acidity and full, dark fruit flavors in our Cabernet grapes. 2013 Vintage: Picking conditions during harvest were excellent as the weather stayed dry and the mornings were cool, allowing us to deliver grapes with optimal ripeness and balance.

2013 Vintage: The 2013 growing season on the Mayacamas and at Monte Rosso was another excellent year in a string of great vintages. The spring was mild and dry, summer was consistently warm but not extremely hot, and fall stayed dry through harvest. That long, consistent hang time allowed for wonderful fruit development, and the mix of steady warm sun and cool nights gave the fruit vibrant color, excellent acidity, intense fruit flavors and rich texture.

2014 Vintage: The 2014 season was excellent—dry and warm, with early bud break, steady temperatures and long hangtime. Consistently mellow temperatures through spring and summer let the grapes ripen fully and evenly, then an unusually long harvest gave us concentrated, well-structured fruit with exceptional quality and depth.