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RP97 Sub-$40 Cabernet is Here - Limited Opportunity on a California Classic - 03/29/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

This is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of opportunity - the often sought but rarely found Parker 97-pointer for under $40. Coming from one of the true classic producers in California, Louis Martini has been known for years as one of the great value producers in the world of fine wine, but recent press has them competing in the uber-collectible realm as well. Parker said it all, calling the 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet "A beauty – dense, rich, and structured, but capable of lasting 20 or more years." It is one of the year's most anticipated releases after the amazing press came out last October and it will surely be short lived on our shelves.

2014 Louis M. Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 0 available ($39.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The bigger, richer 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petite Sirah aged 16 months in 50% new French and American casks. This is a bigger wine and close to 2% higher in alcohol at 15.5%. There are 11,000 cases of this big, full-bodied, boisterous Cabernet Sauvignon that has a dense ruby/purple color, notes of underbrush, forest floor, tobacco leaf and oodles of blackcurrants and black cherries, with a touch of woodsmoke. The full-bodied wine hits the palate with a cascade of glycerin, fruit and purity. This is a beauty-dense, rich, and structured, but capable of lasting 20 or more years.It is hard to believe that the iconic Louis M. Martini Winery first made Napa Cabernet Sauvignon in 1933. Louis Martini is long gone, but he played a significant role in establishing Napa and Sonoma valleys as premium grape-growing regions. His family has carried on and more recently benefited from the influx of significant investment from the new owners-the Gallos. (RP)" (10/2016)