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Cellar 254

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sale price $85.00
Our 2020 Cellar No. 254 Napa Valley Merlot pays tribute Louis P. Martini, who bottled the first varietally labeled Merlot in the United States nearly a half-century ago. Aromas of black tea mingle with dried cherry and cola, before revealing notes of rhubarb pie and red plum on the palate. Luscious and supple, our Merlot delivers a long finish garnished with a touch of freshly shaved chocolate.

sale price $90.00
The grapes for this wine were selected from some of the most premier Napa Valley vineyards, a mix of valley floor, benchland and hillsides. All grapes were hand harvested, delivered in half-ton picking bins, then hand-sorted, destemmed and partially crushed before being gravity-fed into small open-top fermenters. The cap was alternately punched down and pumped over up to four times daily through fermentation. Once fermentation completed, the free run juice was drained and the must gently pressed in a basket press. The wine was gravity racked into French oak barrels (87% new) for malolactic fermentation and remained in individual barrel lots until the final blend was assembled and aged.

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Our 2021 Cellar No. 254 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé is a delicately layered, yet plush, Bordeaux-style Rosé. Light rose gold shows in the glass while essences of Mandarin orange grove lift from the glass. A touch of passion fruit and kerns of guava create a tropical nose while notes of freshly cut watermelon, vine raspberry and plump strawberries play on the palate. A hint of cream accentuates the berries for a lovely finish.

sale price $270.00
The 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 line, 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. Select Cabernet Sauvignon blocks were carefully hand harvested and hand sorted, then gravity fed into small, open top fermenters for cold soak of up to five 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 26 months in a combination of French oak barrels, 75% new, and American oak barrels, 19% new. The 2016 growing season on Monte Rosso’s mountaintop was another in a string of warm, dry and steady seasons with no weather events impacting quality or yield. Consistently moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer allowed grapes to ripen fully and evenly, leading to near-ideal harvest conditions. This allowed us to pick every block at optimum ripeness, resulting in concentrated fruit of particularly high quality, rich flavors and layers of complexity.
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