2014 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1.5 L

Year: 2014
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 93-95
James Suckling: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"Firm, deep, rich and layered, with complex currant, blackberry, floral and spicy notes and cedary oak accents. Impressively balanced and approachable. Drink now through 2027. 40,000 cases made.–JL " (WS)

"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.

It is hard to believe that the iconic Louis M. Martini Winery first made Napa Cabernet Sauvignon in 1933. Louis Martini is long gone, but he played a significant role in establishing Napa and Sonoma valleys as premium grape-growing regions. His family has carried on and more recently benefitted from the influx of significant investment from the new owners – the Gallos.

Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Vertical Tasting 2003-2014: Included is a rare look at one of the top Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa Valley usually sourced from multiple growers in different AVAs. Production varies from a low of about 400 cases to a high of 1,000. The wine is generally aged 22 or more months in all French oak with various percentages of new oak, but usually at least three-fourths of it new. Starting with the oldest vintage, I will proceed through the years until finishing with a barrel sample of 2014." (WA)

"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." (VM)