2013 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Year: 2013
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 88-91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


"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. –JL " (WS)

"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." (WA)

"GOOD VALUE,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. Reviewed: August 2016" (CG)

"A dense and rich cabernet with masses of fruit and juicy tannins. Blackberry, walnut, and light prune character. Flavorful and high-toned aftertaste. Drink in 2018." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Our 2013 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a deep burgundy color and complex aromas of dark fruit, smoky cedar and dried herbs. Rich and broad in the mouth, our Napa Cabernet has an expansive mid-palate, silky tannins and sought-after balance. Finely etched flavors of black cherry and blackberry are framed by licorice and toast on the long finish.

Conditions throughout the 2013 growing season in the Napa Valley were excellent, making for yet another classic vintage. A timely bud break and steady flowering were followed by even fruit set and a lengthy season of warm days and cool nights. Dry weather throughout the growing season made for excellent harvest conditions, allowing fruit to be picked at optimal maturity and balance. The must was pumped over up to three times a day, with some delestage for the Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot lots to soften tannins. Each lot was evaluated separately as it aged for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels (30% new, 70% used) with medium to heavy toast levels.