Wine Spectator 88 points - Tough-edged tannins wrap around this tight, dense effort, offering glimpses of cherry, wild berry, tobacco and hard licorice flavors. Most interesting on the finish. Not as supple as some Monte Rossos, but reflective of a cooler year. Drink now through 2024. 650 cases made. -JL
(Jun 15 2014)
Wine Advocate 92 points - Even better is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard (880 cases). Tipping the scales at 15.2% natural alcohol, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon spent 27 months in mostly French oak (about 12% American is utilized). Deep and full-bodied with blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, new saddle leather, earth, spice and Christmas fruitcake, this full-bodied, multi-dimensional, layered, concentrated wine can be drunk between 2014 and 2030+. (Dec 2013)
Nestled in the majestic Mayacamas Mountain range nearly 1,000 feet above the Sonoma Valley is a vineyard that has produced award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon for three generations. Owned by the Louis M. Martini winery since 1938, the Monte Rosso vineyard (named "Monte Rosso” or "Red Mountain” for its rich, red volcanic soils) is a steep and rugged mountain vineyard with a desirable western exposure that produces wines with a unique sense of terroir.
|Wine maker notes
|Harvest took place during the early morning hours in order to keep the fruit as cool as possible. The grapes were sorted and destemmed, but not crushed, leaving more than 90% whole berries in the fermenter. For maximum extraction of color and flavor, the must was in contact with the skins for 15-30 days; thus contributing to greater extraction of black, dark, violet hues that visually hint at the depth and flavor of the wine. After primary fermentation was complete, 100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to round out the mouthfeel. The wine was racked as needed, and aged 27 months in French and New American Oak.
|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.