The outstanding 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is slightly more expensive, but a beauty. It has some hefty alcohol at 14.8%, and spends 14 months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian small casks. More earthy and tannic than its Sonoma cousin, but rich, extracted, dark ruby/purple, with loads of cassis, earth, spice box and cedar wood, this is a rich, classic Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that’s made from a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petite Sirah. It should drink well for 10-15 years. This winery was created in 1933 (following Prohibition) by the Martini family. They are still heavily involved, but the property was eventually sold to friends of the Martinis, the Gallos, although Mike Martini still runs the operation. These wines are iconic, given that fact that the Martinis have long been custodians of an extraordinary vineyard site in Sonoma, the Monte Rosso Vineyard, which was first planted in 1890. (RP)
Billowy, expansive tannins remain round and approachable on the palate of this generously ripe wine, juicy in black cherry and plum. The robust fruit is complemented by savory tinges of cedar and leather. (VB)
Martini's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) is bright, fruit-driven and racy to the core. Succulent red cherry, cedar, smoke and dried herbs are front and center. Although the flavor profile is decidedly plush, the 2013 maintains a gracious, mid-weight personality and overall feel that will make it a pleasure to drink young. Best of all, the 2013 is a terrific value. (AG)
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