Dedicated to showcasing distinct site-specific characteristics of our most esteemed mountain sites, this reserve collection includes Cabernet Sauvignons from Monte Rosso Vineyard, Cypress Ranch Vineyard, Howell Mountain and Stagecoach Vineyard
Monte Rosso is perched high in the Mayacamas Mountains and was acquired by Louis M. Martini in 1938. With some vines dating back to the 1880s, this iconic vineyard is covered in mineral-rich volcanic red soils, yielding wines driven by brilliant acidity and distinct notes of spice. Monte Rosso wines age beautifully, developing remarkable earth-driven nuances over time.
Basking in the warmth of Pope Valley, Cypress Ranch is known for its long, warm days and cool, crisp nights that dictate one of the largest diurnal shifts in Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon from Cypress Ranch is highly structured and complex, with a unique balance of medium-dark fruit tones that rest on soft, dusty tannins.
Grape growing on Howell Mountain requires the practice of patience. On a sunny yet cool hillside, these vineyards yield highly concentrated fruit that takes longer to ripen and is the last to be harvested of all our wines. Howell Mountain produces rustic Cabernet Sauvignon that displays dominant notes of blackberry complemented by soft herbal characteristics. The considerable tannins of this wine will slowly smooth out over time
From the towering volcanic terrain eastern reaches of Napa, Stagecoach is among the most renowned vineyards in the valley. Like the gigantic boulders found in the vineyard itself, Stagecoach wines are robust and unhindered, characterized by notes of dense black fruit framed by firm, bold tannins. The vineyard’s enormous quantities of rugged rock mixed with hard volcanic soil imparts earthy notes and dark fruit on a powerful Cabernet Sauvignon.
Louis M. Martini Winery
2019 Cypress Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The fruit for our Cabernet Sauvignon originated from our estate Cypress Ranch Vineyard, where the high elevation of the Vaca Mountains and a tremendous diurnal shift result in rich, structurally unique wines. A small portion of Petit Verdot was selected from our estate Sun Lake Vineyard in Napa Valley. The 2019 growing season was exceptional with plentiful winter rains and a cool spring. By June, a consistently warm and steady summer emerged, encouraging canopy growth and allowing fruit to ripen slowly. Harvest began later in the year, yielding healthy clusters with rich, complex flavors and excellent structure.
Our grapes were hand-harvested and hand-sorted in our micro-winery Cellar No. 254, then cold soaked for up to four days. Fermentation took place in small open-top tanks, allowing for precise and gentle extractions fur up to four times per day. Each lot was aged in French oak barrels and evaluated individually, with the final blend occurring mid July. In total, the wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (75% new) and American oak barrels (6% new) and a year in bottle.
Louis M. Martini
2018 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
About the Wine
This mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon transports you to the terroir where it is grown. The 2018 vintage reveals a bouquet of traditional Cabernet aromas awakened by undertones of forest floor, pine needle and fragrant loam. The plush yet powerful palate showcases notes of black currant, elderberry, cocoa dusted truffle and cedar. The long, textured finish leaves an enduring impression. This cabernet will reward those with enough patience to lay in their cellar for five to ten years.
Grape growing on Howell Mountain requires the practice of patience. On a sunny yet cool hillside, these inconspicuous vineyards surrounded by a thicket of Redwood trees yield highly concentrated fruit that takes longer to ripen. The 2018 vintage began, like 2017, with plentiful winter rains. A consistently warm and steady summer eased into a mild fall, resulting in a harvest that delivered beautifully developed fruit with marked complexity.
The last to be harvested of all our wines, these grapes were hand-picked at the end of October. Fermentation took place in small open-top tanks, allowing for precise and gentle extraction of color and flavor. Each lot was aged in French oak barrels and evaluated individually, with the final blend occurring the summer of the following year. In total, the wine was aged for 28 months in barrel (68% new).
Louis M. Martini Winery
2019 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
About the Wine
Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon brings the presence of nearly 1,800 feet elevation piercing through the fog and the unforgiving rocky terrain to this wine. A dense concentration of blueberry reduction and black currant from the longer ripening season rises from the glass. Notes of black mission fig and mocha dust are framed by crushed bay leaf and star anise. A buoyant, supple structure and youthful mouthfeel carries through to a lasting finish.
With over half of the varieties planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyard is among the most renowned vineyards in the valley. Vintage 2019 was near perfect with early rain, a dry winter and fog-shrouded mornings over a long, warm summer. The fruit arrived in pristine condition with vibrant color, soft tannins and bright acidity.
Grapes for this wine were hand harvested from multiple blocks of our Stagecoach vineyard in October and hand sorted at our micro-winery, Cellar No. 254. Fermentation took place in small open-top tanks, allowing for precise and gentle extraction of color and flavor. In total, the wine was aged for 19 months in French oak barrels (78% new) and a year in bottle.
Louis M. Martini
2018 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
About the Wine
Our 2018 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a slice of history in a glass. We gathered the fruit from a selection of ou r favorite blocks in our historic Monte Rosso V ineyard, including the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon block in California. The nose fills with Monte Rosso’s signature spice and sweet wood aromatics and a thread of smoky ancho. Notes of ripe cherry, black currant and warm plum compote fill the palate. Underlying hints of sarsaparilla and caramelized oak lead to a long, earthy finish with a touch of wet clay.
In 2018, we had an ideal summer with generous sun-filled days and cooler marine-influenced nights, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The mild weather continued late into fall creating a very long growing season which allowed excellent flavor development and expression. Harvest 2018 produced fruit with complex flavor characteristics and outstanding aromatics.
Select Cabernet Sauvignon blocks were carefully hand harvested and hand sorted, then gravity fed into small, open top fermenters for cold soaking up to three days. After fermentation, 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 for more aging. The wine was barrel aged for 28 months in a combination of French oak barrels, 69% new, and American oak barrels, 19% new.