#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions | Louis M. Martini

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Whether you are buying for someone on your list or you are buying wine for yourself this holiday season Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon should be on the top of your list. Just don’t tell them what a bargain this wine was!

2018 SONOMA COUNTY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

For more than 85 years, Louis M. Martini Winery has crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from the exceptional vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties. Our founder believed in a simple, honest premise: The best grapes make the best wines. Today, this legacy continues at the historic winery in the Napa Valley with an acclaimed collection of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

VITICULTURAL NOTES

Grapes were predominantly selected from two of our renowned, crown jewel vineyards in Sonoma County: Frei Ranch in the Dry Creek Valley AVA and Barrelli Creek Vineyard in the Alexander Valley AVA. In 2018, cooler temperatures and moderate weather led to a long growing season, allowing grapes to ripen optimally. The mild weather allowed for exceptional flavor development and resulted in a slightly later harvest with beautifully balanced yields.

WINEMAKER NOTES

After de-stemming, fermentation temperatures between 88°F and 92°F encouraged rich flavor development and a plush mouthfeel. To preserve fresh Cabernet fruit flavor, this wine was aged primarily in tank while a careful selection of French and American oak brought forth additional complexity. A touch of Petite Sirah contributed to this wine’s rich depth and round profile.

WINE PROFILE

Our 2018 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is an approachable, fruit-driven wine. It offers a welcomingly round mouthfeel with ripe notes of red fruit and cherry. Delicate hints of dark chocolate and oak spice on the finish add layers of elegance and freshness, offering a rich yet balanced expression of the varietal.

This was a wine I really enjoyed. The wine is more medium bodied if you are comparing it to a BC Cabernet Sauvignon. Nevertheless, it is quite delicious, filled with ripe fruit, rich, smooth with very faint tannins making it extremely drinkable. The price is such a bargain given the quality of this wine. 

$20.49 available at Everything Wine
$21.55 Value on Liquor Store
$24.15 The Gull Liquor Store

Tasting notes courtesy of the winery. My tasting notes in italics. Images MyVanCity. I received complimentary wine to facilitate this feature. All opinions are my own. 

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