Louis M. Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

/ 750 ml

The 2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon continues the winegrowing and winemaking approach that has earned this wine consistently high critical praise. This vintage again showcases the intense fruit flavors deftly and subtle layers of earth and spice that distinguish our Alexander Valley Cabernet.

 

Deep, rich flavors of plum, cherry compote, fig and cranberry weave through those layers of spice that include cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. They are all accented by earthy truffle notes in a full, long finish. This dense, rich and well-structured wine is held together beautifully by polished, assertive tannins. The depth and structure show the wine’s potential to age gracefully a decade or more.

Awards:

2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: 91 Points. Wine Spectator, March 2018 Read full article

Winemaker notes:

The grapes were harvested in the early morning to keep the fruit cool while it was destemmed and sent directly to tank. The lots were cold soaked for two days before fermentation at temperatures of 88°F to 90°F, and the wine was pumped over up to three times a day. Every lot was evaluated separately as they aged, then blended together and further aged in barrels to allow the flavors to marry. The wine aged a total of 17 months in a combination of French and American oak (43% new).

Viticulture notes:

The majority of fruit comes from the hilly Barrelli Creek Vineyard on the west side of Alexander Valley, a region winemaker Michael Eddy calls a hidden gem for Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard has well-drained, rocky and gravelly soils that heighten the intensity of fruit.

 

The 2015 season added to the depth of fruit with mild, steady temperatures that provided long hang time and full development of flavors and structure. The mild weather lasted through a long harvest that let us pick at optimum ripeness. The result was vibrant fruit, ideal tannins and an excellent vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon.