2013 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1297435 88-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A tank sample of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa looks potentially outstanding. This will be aged 18 months in a combination of French and American oak and exhibits plenty of crunchy blackberry and cassis fruit with hints of cedar wood and vanillin. It is ripe, exuberant, and quite impressive. Interestingly, the final blend was 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Sirah and the rest Petit Verdot, Merlot and Zinfandel. It should drink well for 15+ years. This winery was created in 1933 (following Prohibition) by the Martini family. They are still heavily involved, but the property was eventually sold to friends of the Martinis, the Gallos, although Mike Martini still runs the operation. These wines are iconic, given that fact that the Martinis have long been custodians of an extraordinary vineyard site in Sonoma, the Monte Rosso Vineyard, which was first planted in 1890. (RP)  (10/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This well-made wine offers great value for the appellation, elegant in dusty cedar and pencil shavings, the fruit subdued and approachable. Full bodied, it remains balanced in the glass, its oak profile nicely kept in check.  (11/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A wholesome expression of earth- and graphite-driven Cabernet, commingling with road tar, roasted herb and dark berry flavors. Crushed rock minerality enlivens the finish. Drink now through 2024. 51,000 cases made.  (7/2016)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Good Value and One Star* Every so often an unexpected and eye-opening wine comes along that defies every expectation relative to its cost, and this one is just that and more. It hits all of the right varietal marks smartly and sports an absolute wealth of continuous, very pure, blackcurrant fruit at its heart. It is firm, yet refined and gracefully balanced with nary a hint of extraneous ripeness or fat, and, if tightening up at the finish as young Cabernet should, it stays in keen focus and shows striking length. Discerning Cabernet drinkers should take notice.  (8/2016)

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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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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.