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2014 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1334920 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (10/2016)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark

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By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2018 | Send Email
This is a STEAL of a value from an expensive region! Enticingly deep aromas of plums, blackcurrant, and blue berries. "Violet" is what comes to mind while drinking this. Soft and velvety, this wine is approachable for the whole party to enjoy, but with enough tannin to be interesting in years down the road.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/11/2017 | Send Email
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.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/8/2017 | Send Email
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.

By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/8/2017 | Send Email
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.

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