Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
The Louis M. Martini 2016 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon reflects the best of the warm, narrow Dry Creek Valley and the hot yet wind-cooled Alexander Valley. Together, these unique features create a balanced Cabernet Sauvignon with concentrated notes of dark fruit, black tea and cocoa. The full-bodied mouthfeel leads to a supple and persistent finish.
Traditional de-stemming and fermentation temperatures between 88°F and 92°F encouraged the development of rich fruit characteristics and a plush, full mouthfeel. The careful selection of French and American oak added sweetness and complexity with layers of bittersweet chocolate, caramel and toffee. Average time on oak was 16 months. Touches of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Merlot enhance the wine’s roundness and depth. Blending occurred two months before bottling to allow the components to harmonize.
The grapes for this wine were primarily selected from two of our renowned, crown jewel vineyards in Sonoma County: Frei Ranch vineyards in Dry Creek Valley AVA and Barrelli Creek Vineyard in the Alexander Valley AVA. The 2016 growing season was dry, warm and steady. Consistently mellow temperatures throughout the spring and summer allowed grapes to ripen fully and evenly, and a slightly early harvest allowed us to pick every block at optimum ripeness. The result was concentrated fruit of particularly high quality with rich complexity.