2011 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1140483 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 "The Best Cabernet in the world for $17, 2010 and 2011 Louis Martini Sonoma" - Robert Parker (via Twitter)  (11/2013)

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Louis Martini's Sonoma County Cab is always a K&L favorite for affordable, balanced Cab for everyday drinking. The 2011 combines fruit from the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek. Full of plum and blackberry fruit, just enough toasty oak and round, fresh structure.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2013 | Send Email
It's been a long, hard Tuesday at the salt mine, nano factory, dog walk or tweet shop and you're feeling about as colorless and washed-out as the synthetic walls of your um, cubicle, so you grab a fresh, sizzling hot pie on the way home, finally get there and open a bottle of red wine. Again, you don't need a fancy, fifty dollar label to impress yourself, just something reliable and tasty enough to work with the pepperoni and shrooms. At only twelve bucks, this delicious Cabernet from the venerable Louis Martini winery fits the bill, delivering just enough substance, smoothness and focused, berry-scented flavors to satisfy the palate and make you actually look forward to another day at the nano factory...

Staff Image By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2013 | Send Email
Surprising what $12 can get you. Louis Martini reminds us that great values are still to be had. The 2011 Cab has big, ripe fruit on the nose that lead to flavors of cinnamon, toasty oak, loads of vanilla, blackberry, and dark chocolate melded seamlessly together. This will be a hit at parties and even just a casual night at home.

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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 M├ędoc 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).