Wine Spectator Rating:94 Points
Wine Spectator Review:
An intense, concentrated and sharply focused red, exhibiting a pleasant spicy edge to the currant and blackberry flavors that are full-bodied, deep and persistent, turning elegant and sophisticated, with a lingering finish that sails on. Drink now through 2022.
|Wine maker notes
|The grapes were sourced from some of the most coveted vineyards in the Napa Valley, dominantly from mountain top AVAs. The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning hours to keep the fruit cool and were then hand sorted to keep only the best possible fruit. All fruit is hand sorted, grapes are then destemmed and not crushed, leaving about 75% whole berries in the fermentors. The grapes were gravity-fed into open top tanks at our micro-winery, Cellar No. 254, which was built as an annex to our main facility. The must received 3-4 weeks of skin contact and was fermented at warm temperatures (max. 90°F), after inoculation with the yeast. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation, was racked as needed, and aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 22 months prior to bottling.
|For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties. Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, Michael Martini, third-generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.