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Colossal Value: A Napa Cab Rated 92-95 Points by Robert Parker for under $30 - 12/14/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Sub-$30 Napa Cabs are a rarity. Even more rare are Sub-$30 Napa Cabs with a 93-95 Point rating from Robert Parker. As you might imagine when such a wine does come to market, it inevitably sells in a flash. As it turns out, Louis Martini has crafted just such a wine and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to offer it here. Parker was so impressed with this 2014’s “compelling” delivery that he counted it among the “strongest efforts” from this historic winery. Given that Louis Martini’s long history having been founded in 1933, this is no small feat. Fans of Napa Cab are going to fall hard for this stunner, as it offers up a classic profile, while never coming across as over-ripe or too extracted. This is Napa Cab done up in the old school way with its emphasis on a broad palette flavors and textures and solid structure. As even a quick assessment of the market will show Napa Cabs routinely cost $60 and up, so finding one for half that is pretty remarkable. This beauty is ready to drink now, but will also develop wonderfully over the next 20 years. Given the super sharp price, a case purchase is definitely recommended.

2014 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($29.99)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley spends 18 months in a combination of 30% new and 70% used French and American barrels. It is another big boy at 15.4% natural alcohol. This wine, which was not yet in bottle, is fabulous, and there are 42,000 cases of it. One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 -- a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, licorice, camphor and graphite. The wine is full-bodied and multilayered on the palate with sensational richness and length. It should drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)" (10/2016)

91 points James Suckling: "Blueberry cake, eucalyptus, spice box and blackberry compote. Lots of underbrush character on the palate, which is full with chewy tannins, some fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink in 2020." (12/2017)

Wine Spectator: "Firm, deep, rich and layered, with complex currant, blackberry, floral and spicy notes and cedary oak accents. Impressively balanced and approachable. (web only, 2017) (JL)"

Staff ImageIllya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 11, 2017

Where's the love I always overlook this Cabernet. Always looking for the new, best, Napa red! We opened this the other day and much to our surprise, we discovered it to be a classic a truly balanced Napa Cabernet! It certainly was more than approachable with the big 2014 fruit up front, alluring blackberry jam, cocoa powder and integrated oak on the nose. It has that great depth which lingers with the richness of black fruit. Why not tempt yourself with that elegant, velvet juciness, melting into polished tannins, with a delightfully long finish. I was so glad to have the opportunity to try this wine! With so many choices out there, I will not overlook this one anymore.

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

I have always enjoyed the Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet. Year after year it is possibly be the best value in California Cabernet. The step up in price for the Napa is about double but the quality is way more than that. This is a seriously delicious, rich, dense yet supple Cabernet that surprises the palate with a fleshy, toasty mouthfeel and long, lingering finish. I find the tannins silky and ripe, even with this vintage. I would have no problem enjoying this bottle now with a bit of air.

Staff ImageMari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 08, 2017

For those who like ripeness without the jamminess, the 2014 Louis Martini Napa Valley is the perfect example of achieving phenolic ripeness without extracted, overwrought fruit. There is full ripeness without sacrificing acidity which allows the dark, purple fruit in this Napa Valley Cab to show through without overpowering and tiring out the palate.