2013 Louis M. Martini "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1304833 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An absolutely outrageous wine and probably one of the great all-time Cabernet Sauvignons from Sonoma is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard Sonoma Valley. This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the relatively recent Moon Mountain AVA, that aged for 27 months in 67% new French and 14 % new American oak. This is a wine of thrilling levels of intensity, with an incredible fragrance of spring flowers, blue fruits, black fruits, especially crème de cassis and blackberry, loamy soil undertones, and a touch of licorice and smoke. The wine is full-bodied, with magnificent fruit intensity and purity, loads of glycerin (15.5% alcohol) and a finish of a good 40+ seconds. This is a great bottle of wine that can still be purchased for less than $100.00, which is increasingly rare in Northern California. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040. 95+ points. 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. (RP)  (10/2016)

94 points Wine Spectator

 An immense wine, deep and rich in extraction, offering bold flavors of dark currant, blackberry, black licorice, mocha, cedar, loamy earth and exotic spices, all carried with ease and grace by the texture. The tannins, though potent, are ripe and woven into the fabric. (JL)  (5/2017)

92 points Vinous

 The 2013 Monte Rosso Vineyard Mountain Red exudes depth, power and richness. Even so, the mountain tannins from this famed mountain site are relatively tame, which gives the wine plenty of near and medium term appeal. Plum, espresso, spice, licorice and rose petal all build into the soft, open-knit finish. The 2013 is accessible today, but it also has plenty of substance lurking beneath. (AG)  (8/2017)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The Cabernet grapes for this wine were carefully hand harvested and hand sorted, then cold soaked for up to three days before being gravity fed into 3.5 ton and 7-ton open top fermenters. After primary fermentation, free run juice was drained and the must gently pressed in a 5-ton basket press. The wine was racked by gravity into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, then aged in separate lots for up to 26 months in French and American oak barrels (72% new French, 16% new American, 12% neutral barrels). The final blend was assembled, then sent back to barrel to allow the flavors to integrate before bottling."

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By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2018 | Send Email
A classic and powerful Cabernet Sauvignon from the folks at Louis Martini. This wine hails from the recently christened Moon Mountain AVA in Sonoma. Big and brooding aromas of cassis and dark berries play with a bouquet of earl grey tea, milk chocolate, and fruitcake. On the palate, the wine expresses flavors of sugar plum, blue fruit, and black currant along with pipe tobacco, spice, and cocoa powder. There is a lovely stone minerality on the finish as well. While bold in expression, there is quite a sense of balance and finesse in the winemaking style here. Drinking well now, but as with other California Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the 2013 vintage, it will only get better with time. Lovely aging potential. Also a fantastic choice for an evening at your favorite steakhouse

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2018 | Send Email
This is a classic, powerful Cabernet for the ages! There is no mistaking this wine for anything other than what it is: Monte Rosso vineyard royalty. Faint whiffs of roasted Pablano pepper intermingle with clean, bright mint and maple leaf lead to an ample palate rife with cassis, blueberry, black cherry and macerated plum, tempered by spicy sweet star anise and dark cocoa. An intense, persistent rocky minerality is the hallmark of this wine and a signature of the high elevation Monte Rosso vineyard, which is known for producing fruit with great acidity and wonderful cellar potential.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/9/2018 | Send Email
A huge monolithic wine with immense dark fruit saturation, graphite, obsidian like minerality and structure to last a lifetime. This wine really highlights the sheer power and intensity that the ancient Monte Rosso vineyard can impart. Having highlighted the wine's powerful stature I should also note that it has impeccable balance and is very well proportioned. For what this wine represents and the quality in the bottle the value is just unfathomable...but we'll take it!

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2018 | Send Email
This is a gorgeous Cabernet that definitely deserves all the praise it has received. Louis Martini's Monte Rosso Vineyard lies in the Mayacamas Mountains and is named for its rich, red volcanic soil. This 100% Cabernet is dense and concentrated, but has a lovely softness that provides balance and finesse. Black cherry, dark chocolate, sandalwood and spice are expressed on the nose and palate with well-integrated oak. This intense Cabernet will have a long life ahead of it.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).