2013 Louis M. Martini "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1304833


RP 95 WS 94 VN 92
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Winemaker's Notes: "The Cabernet grapes for this wine were carefully hand harvested and hand sorted, then cold soaked for up to three days before being gravity fed into 3.5 ton and 7-ton open top fermenters. After primary fermentation, free run juice was drained and the must gently pressed in a 5-ton basket press. The wine was racked by gravity into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, then aged in separate lots for up to 26 months in French and American oak barrels (72% new French, 16% new American, 12% neutral barrels). The final blend was assembled, then sent back to barrel to allow the flavors to integrate before bottling."

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  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    A classic and powerful Cabernet Sauvignon from the folks at Louis Martini. This wine hails from the recently christened Moon Mountain AVA in Sonoma. Big and brooding aromas of cassis and dark berries play with a bouquet of earl grey tea, milk chocolate, and fruitcake. On the palate, the wine expresses flavors of sugar plum, blue fruit, and black currant along with pipe tobacco, spice, and cocoa powder. There is a lovely stone minerality on the finish as well. While bold in expression, there is quite a sense of balance and finesse in the winemaking style here. Drinking well now, but as with other California Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the 2013 vintage, it will only get better with time. Lovely aging potential. Also a fantastic choice for an evening at your favorite steakhouse
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a classic, powerful Cabernet for the ages! There is no mistaking this wine for anything other than what it is: Monte Rosso vineyard royalty. Faint whiffs of roasted Pablano pepper intermingle with clean, bright mint and maple leaf lead to an ample palate rife with cassis, blueberry, black cherry and macerated plum, tempered by spicy sweet star anise and dark cocoa. An intense, persistent rocky minerality is the hallmark of this wine and a signature of the high elevation Monte Rosso vineyard, which is known for producing fruit with great acidity and wonderful cellar potential.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A huge monolithic wine with immense dark fruit saturation, graphite, obsidian like minerality and structure to last a lifetime. This wine really highlights the sheer power and intensity that the ancient Monte Rosso vineyard can impart. Having highlighted the wine's powerful stature I should also note that it has impeccable balance and is very well proportioned. For what this wine represents and the quality in the bottle the value is just unfathomable...but we'll take it!
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a gorgeous Cabernet that definitely deserves all the praise it has received. Louis Martini's Monte Rosso Vineyard lies in the Mayacamas Mountains and is named for its rich, red volcanic soil. This 100% Cabernet is dense and concentrated, but has a lovely softness that provides balance and finesse. Black cherry, dark chocolate, sandalwood and spice are expressed on the nose and palate with well-integrated oak. This intense Cabernet will have a long life ahead of it.


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