Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon

Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

/ 2012 750 ml
/ 2013 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:

The Wine Advocate. 95+ Points. Robert M. Parker Jr. October 2016 Read full article
The Wine Advocate. 95 - 97 Points. Robert M. Parker Jr. October 01 2015 Read full article
The Wine Advocate. 93+ Points. Robert M. Parker Jr. October 01 2015 Read full article

Winemaker notes:

2013, 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.

 

2012, Our Louis M. Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon was handcrafted from grapes 100 percent from the legendary Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. This monumental red wine delivers complex aromas of black cherry, earth and the classic Monte Rosso spice. On the palate, the wine offers rich flavors of cassis and anise framed by notes of raspberry and black fig. Maturation in French and American Oak created tannins that melt seamlessly into a long, elegant, caramel finish.

 

 

Viticulture notes:

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.