The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley spends 18 months in a combination of 30% new and 70% used French and American barrels. It is another big boy at 15.4% natural alcohol. This wine, which was not yet in bottle, is fabulous, and there are 42,000 cases of it. One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 – a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, licorice, camphor and graphite.Read full article
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2013 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a deep burgundy color and complex aromas of dark fruit, smoky cedar and dried herbs. Rich and broad in the mouth, our Napa Cabernet has an expansive mid-palate, silky tannins and sought-after balance. Finely etched flavors of black cherry and blackberry are framed by licorice and toast on the long finish.
Conditions throughout the 2013 growing season in the Napa Valley were excellent, making for yet another classic vintage. A timely bud break and steady flowering were followed by even fruit set and a lengthy season of warm days and cool nights. Dry weather throughout the growing season made for excellent harvest conditions, allowing fruit to be picked at optimal maturity and balance. The must was pumped over up to three times a day, with some delestage for the Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot lots to soften tannins. Each lot was evaluated separately as it aged for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels (30% new, 70% used) with medium to heavy toast levels.
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- Great Pairings:
- 93-95 Points, The Wine Advocate, October 2016 - 2014 Vintage
- 91 Points, Wine Spectator, November 2016 - 2013 Vintage
- 90 Points TOP VALUE: Wine Spectator, November 2015 - 2012 Vintage
- 91 Points: James Suckling.com, July 2015 - 2012 Vintage
- 90 Points: The Wine Advocate, October 2014 - 2012 Vintage
- 91 Points: WineReviewOnline.com, July 2014 - 2011 Vintage
- 92 Points: JamesSuckling.com, May 2014 - 2010 Vintage