2014 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1280948


RP 90
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Napa Valley-based Louis M. Martini has always had a focus on Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, not least because Mr. Martini himself developed the Monte Rosso vineyard there in the 1930s. This county-wide blend, which Robert Parker Jr. has called "always one of the best buys in Cabernet Sauvignon" (Wine Advocate, 10/2014), is generally a blend of Dry Creek Valley vineyards like Frei Ranch with Alexander Valley fruit.

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  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Velvety with blackcurrant fruit and notes of licorice, baking spice, tobacco, and aromatic cedar, the 2014 Louis M. Martini is juicy but balanced, with restrained tannic structure and just enough oak at the finish. A shocking price for Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a classically lush, ageable choice.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    K&L has long been incredibly high on the Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet bottling. Year after year it delivers some of the best value not only for Cabernet coming out of Sonoma but out of all the US. Even the veritable Robert Parker himself called it, “One of the best values in Cabernet Sauvignon anywhere in the world,” high praise indeed. From fruit from Martini’s Frei Ranch Vineyards and Barrelli Creek Vineyard this wine takes the ripeness of Dry Creek and meshes it with the refinement and chiseled fruit of Alexander Valley. Pomegranate, Bing cherry, fresh tobacco, tar and a dollop of spearmint and roasting coffee beans fill the high toned and refreshing nose. Having considerable ripeness and extract is certainly a plus at this paltry price point and it has plenty of it with fleshy, easy going texture and a velvety soft feel but this also has a likable mélange of wild berry, eucalyptus, cedar and sweetened dark chocolate to add a note of precision and focus to the overall ripe feel. Then the finish kicks in and takes this to a whole other level with explosive flavors of black cherry, pipe tobacco and chaparral that wines in this price point rarely have. It’s certainly hard to debate Mr. Parker’s sentiments above after trying this.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Impressive quality and serious value from this Sonoma Cab. Blackberry jam, caramel, oaky spice and well-integrated tannins give this wine structure and age-potential. Feel free to serve this wine now for holiday partys or pick-up a few to cellar and see how it evolves over time.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    Holy Smokes! Great Sonoma Cabernet for under 15 bucks that I'm actually excited about putting in the cellar?! This is a triumph for the "high quality yet extremely affordable" category. It's loaded with dark cassis and blackberry fruit and balanced by the more savory and herbal tones of great Cab: tobacco, cedar and mocha. The spicy oak wraps everything together, and poof -- you have the perfect present for your holiday celebrations. Put an extra case in your cellar and you'll have the gift that keeps on giving for years to come.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    An age-worthy domestic Cab for less than fifteen bucks? Yes, it exists. This is an incredibly serious wine at a price point that is laughably low. Black fruit, licorice, blackcurrant, green bell pepper, baking spices. Toss in a well integrated, powdery tannin on the back end just for good measure. Dump this bottle into a decanter and don't tell your dinner guests how much you paid for the bottle, they'll be remarkably impressed by your generosity.


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