Zinfandel, Syrah & Petite Sirah Wine Blend

Monte Rosso Vineyard Mountain Red

/ 750ml
2015 Vintage
/ 750ml
2014 Vintage
/ 750ml
2013 Vintage

Louis M. Martini Monte Rosso Mountain Red wine blend is crafted from select blocks on the renowned Monte Rosso Vineyard and offers a true expression of this historic site. Nestled 1,200 feet above the Sonoma Valley in the majestic Mayacamas Mountains, the vineyard’s red volcanic soils and low-yielding old vines on steep, rugged slopes have produced treasured grapes for our family’s portfolio of fine wines since 1938. 

Vintage 2013: The Zinfandel, Syrah & Petitre Sirah wine blend has a dark red hue and intense aromatics dominated by notes of black cherry, cassis and allspice. The palate offers excellent depth and broad mouthfeel alongside rich flavors that echo the nose. Firm tannins and subtle minerality frame a fruit-focused mid-palate, while rich flavor characterizes the lengthy finish. Lingering minerality and spice. Balance and integrated, the wine is an archetypal California mountain wine blend.

Vintage 2016: Our Monte Rosso Mountain Red is a dark, jammy, juicy red wine with a concentrated and smoothly-integrated palate and finish. The intensely aromatic blend wafts with aromas of huckleberry, violets and balsamic, and the rich palate includes a mélange of dark fruit notes, leading to hints of Luxardo cherry, vanilla and Monte Rosso’s signature spices, including cinnamon and star anise. It has Monte Rosso’s classic frame of balanced acidity and notes of iron. The wine’s depth, mouthwatering fruit and lush mouthfeel display the extraordinary complexity that can be produced from this world-class mountain vineyard.

Awards:

2014 Monte Rosso Vineyard Mountain Red: 94 Points The Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker Jr., October 2016 Read full article
2013 Monte Rosso Vineyard Mountain Red: 91-93 Points The Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker Jr., October 01 2015 Read full article

Winemaker notes:

2013 Vintage: The grapes for our 2013 Mountain Red were harvested by hand and delivered to Cellar No. 254 in half-ton picking bins. The fruit was hand-sorted, destemmed and partially crushed before being gravity-fed into our 3.5- and 7-ton open-top tanks. Up to 10 days after primary fermentation was complete, the wine was gravity racked into French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine remained in individual barrel lots through the winter and spring, then were assembled into the majority of the blend in early summer 2014. The flavors were allowed to integrate before the wine went back into barrels for another year of aging. In total, the wine was aged 20 months in 100 percent French oak barrels, 74 percent of which were new.

2015 Vintage: The grapes were harvested by hand and delivered in half-ton picking bins. The fruit was hand-sorted, destemmed and partially crushed before being gravity-fed into our 5- and 7-ton open-top tanks for a 3-5 day cold soak before fermentation. Up to 10 days after primary fermentation was complete, the wine was gravity racked into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was kept separate in individual lots, then the blend was assembled in summer 2016 and allowed to marry before bottling. In total, the wine was aged 19 months total in French oak (75% new).

Viticulture notes:

2013 Vintage: Our 2013 Mountain Red is crafted from specifically selected blocks on the renowned Monte Rosso Vineyard, one of California's most historic wine growing sites. Every vintage, it offers a true expression of this very special vineyard. 2013 was another ideal growing season in a string of terrific vintages. A mild spring, abundant warmth through the summer, and dry conditions through harvest and the fall allowed for wonderful fruit development. The long mix of warm sun and cool nights gave the fruit vibrant color, excellent acidity, intense fruit flavors and rich texture.

2015 Vintage: The 2015 growing season on the mountaintop was another in a string of warm, dry seasons and one of the earliest we’ve seen. It started with unseasonably warm temperatures in late winter and spring, leading to an early bud break. A cool May during bloom created a smaller than average crop, then mild weather through spring, summer and harvest allowed slow, even ripening that built full ripeness and complexity. The result was grapes with intense aromatics, concentrated ripe fruit flavors and outstanding structure and balance