2010 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1108928 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A dense ruby/purple color is followed by abundant aromas of black currants, cherries and loamy soil, but virtually no wood. The wine reveals lots of fruit along with a medium-bodied texture, silky tannins and adequate acidity. Drink this inexpensive beauty over the next 3-4 years, although I suspect it may last even longer.  (8/2012)

Connoisseurs Guide

 From its fairly outgoing aromas of cherries, black tea and tree bark to its comparatively open and easy-to-access flavors, this medium-bodied offering toes the varietal mark, and its solid, if far from opulent, fruit stays the course even as somewhat sere tannins bring up the rear. It is just rough enough to dissuade early drinking, and it should reward another three to five years of patience.  (12/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 Smooth and complex, this is dry and softly tannic, with pleasant blackberry, black currant, spice and cedar flavors. Ready to drink now.  (12/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Supple, elegant and easy-drinking, with pure ripe cherry and dark berry. Drink now. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

The 2009 Sonoma Cab was praised by Robert Parker as "one of the great buys in Cabernet Sauvignon from northern California," and the new 2010 release is fast on its heels. We've always loved this wine for its consistent offering of seamless and balanced, solidly made Sonoma Cab that hits all the marks for an everyday drinker. Like the 2009, 2010 reveals pure, high-toned cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors underscored by dusty tannins and smoky spice. It is full and round, with a textured finish. A high caliber wine for the money.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).