We believe that Cabernet Sauvignon is the most noble of grapes. We believe that great winemaking begins with great vineyards, and we want the land to speak through our wines. Our wines express the best characteristics of Cabernet, the personality of the special places where our grapes are grown, and the vision and skill of the winemaker in blending balanced, engaging, and memorable wines.
Light cherry aromas. Good flavor, fresh acidity, a bit of chocolate and coffee, blackberries. Great value wine from Napa.
loaded w. berry darkness, some currants, smooth and yummy
deep ruby, medium to full bodied, sweet oak, blackberry jam, maybe a little residual sugar. slightly low on intensity, acid, and finish, but ok for the price. it's straight american style cab, a mid-priced archetype of the style.
External Reviews for Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve
The dark ruby-hued 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is soft, round, and fruity offering more herbaceous black currant notes along with cedar and spice box. Light tannin, medium body, and good sweetness suggest drinking it over the next 7-8 years.
A good Cab, dry and smoothly tannic, with black currant, cedar and spice flavors. totally dry, it shows sophistication and class, but not ageability. Easy to find, with more than 15,000 cases produced.
A bit thick in tannins now, this wine needs more time to settle down, but by 2008 it should be a nice sipper. It has polished cherry and cocoa flavors with a sweet coat of smoky oak.
Ripe and juicy in black currant, as befits the vintage; also shows polished, firm tannins. Oak adds sweet vanillins through the lingering finish.
The outstanding 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is also a terrific buy. A beautiful integration of sweet tannin and soft acids gives this wine a plush, succulent mouthfeel. It exhibits classic notes of cedar and black currants, medium to full body, admirable elegance as well as length, and slightly more oak than the inexpensive Sonoma bottling.
The more expensive 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is denser, more tannic, and more intense in fruit without the spice and earthiness of the Sonoma bottling. It should drink well for up to a decade.
However, this estate does some stunning work in Napa as evidenced by one of the great values in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. Made from 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot, this stunning wine can undoubtedly be found discounted to under $25 a bottle. Moreover, there are nearly 66,000 cases produced, so it one of the few outstanding Napa Cabernets that also has tremendous availability. Its dense plum/garnet color is followed by a stunning perfume of black currants, loamy soil, blackberries and smoke. The wine cuts a full-bodied swath across the palate and possesses silky tannins, layers of fruit and a beautiful, opulent, round mouthfeel. It should drink nicely for 10-15 years. Readers may remember that I gave the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 90 points, and the 2007 is even better!