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