2012 Louis M. Martini "Lot #1" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1250911 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 1 comes from Martini’s own vineyards as well as several growers, including a whopping 45% from the Stagecoach Vineyard. It is a cross-AVA blend of 45% Atlas Peak, 21% Stags Leap and 34% Napa Valley. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 21 months in French oak (96% new), just under 900 cases were produced. A stunning dense ruby/purple color is followed by abundant aromas of crème de cassis, new saddle leather, licorice and spice box. This full-bodied beauty should age effortlessly for 20-25+ years.  (10/2014)

93 points James Suckling

 A dense and rich red with dark berry and mineral character. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a fresh finish. A cabernet with lots of fruit but shows tension and balance. Drink or hold.  (7/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Reduced and highly concentrated, this powerful wine is brooding in black peppercorn, leather and a wealth of black color and black fruit. Chewy on the entry, it softens and integrates over time, getting better in the glass as it goes, a rich, rewarding mix of blackberry, clove and cigar.  (2/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A potent, extracted style, with dense dark berry, dusty earth, cedar and tobacco leaf notes, ending a bit dry and savory. A little time in the bottle should allow this to improve. Drink now through 2026. 542 cases made.  (11/2015)

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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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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.1