2014 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

Year: 2014
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 90
California Grapevine: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.8%
Price :
$12.95

OLD SCHOOL, VERY VERY GOOD VALUE!!

"One of the best values in Cabernet Sauvignon anywhere in the world remains Louis Martini’s Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and the rest Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and other varieties) is just a beautiful wine. Dense ruby/purple with classic tobacco leaf, blackcurrant, loamy soil notes and a touch of wood spice, this wine (aged 16 months in French and American oak) has relatively modest alcohol for Cabernets these days (13.5%), and what’s even more remarkable is that there are 408,000 cases. The wine has the suppleness and upfront charm to be drunk now, but don’t discount the ability of this wine to hold onto life and last, without losing its fruit, for another 7-10+ years. It is a great value." (WA)

"7. 2014 Louis M. Martini, Sonoma County ($20) – Medium to medium-dark ruby; medium-light, spicy, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of dried herbs and cocoa; medium-full body; fleshy, currant, cranberry and blackberry fruit flavors with herbal notes, firm acidity, and some tightness and hardness on the finish; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Drinkable now and over the near term. Highly recommended. 14% alcohol; 420,000 cases; blended with 4% Merlot, 4% PS, 2% CF, and 1% other red varietals; released March 2016. (Group Score: 15.8, 0/0/1; My Score: 16.5 [88/100], sixth place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
Our Louis M. Martini 2014 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon wine reflects the best of the warm, narrow Dry Creek Valley and the hot yet wind-cooled Alexander Valley. Together, these unique features create a rich, superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon with copious yet supple tannins.

Those tannins make the young wine approachable but will still give it enough texture to age gracefully. This vintage had a long, calm growing season, helping create elevated and concentrated flavors that include wild berries, plum, licorice and mocha. The full-bodied and mouth-coating feel on the palate leads to a long, graceful finish with tones of intense fruit, dried herbs and cedar inside firm structure.

The grapes for this wine were primarily selected from renowned vineyards in Sonoma County. For this vintage, we looked to our Frei Ranch vineyards in Dry Creek Valley AVA and our Barrelli Creek Vineyard in the Alexander Valley AVA. The 2014 growing season was another very cooperative one with early bud break, steady temperatures and long hang time that lasted through an exceptionally long harvest. The result was vibrant fruit development, ideal tannins and an exquisite vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon.