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Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2019 (based on 1 user opinion) Community Tasting Notes (average 89.1 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 42 notes... Read more
The dark ruby-hued 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is soft, round, and fruity offering more herbaceous black currant notes along with cedar and spice ... Read more
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 S... Read more
Food Pairings for Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2019 (based on 1 user opinion) Community Tasting Notes (average 89.1 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 42 notes) - hiding notes with no text Tasted by Shipleys on 10/15/2012 & rated 90 points: Drank with a nice filet. Smooth, medium body and follow. Good tannins, just enough for meal. Overall a good wine. (125 views) Tasted by SMagowan on 10/14/2012 & rated 91 points: Open and let breathe for approximately 30 minutes. It showed nice lines in the glass, and exhibited a nose of cassis, methol, a hint of mint and dark chocolate. On the tongue this was nicely integrated with quite delicious tannins and a toach of oak, black cherry and licorice. Enjoyed with a grilled ribeye, roasted bell peppers and steamed broccoli. I was pleasantly surprised with this; a good QPR and cellar protector. (148 views) Tasted by PinotAge-Weetree on 7/23/2012 & rated 90 points: Approachable. Clean, smooth and easy drinking. I would not call this serious, but it is easily identifiable as a California cab, and that can't be a bad thing, I say!!! Break it out for guests and it'll be a huge hit. If you have a wine geek friend, I'd break out something a bit more serious, like a 2006 Ramey Napa. Nice vanilla imparted with the oak, which is not overdone. The fruit is a bit over ripe, but again, welcome to Californy. After a couple hours of air it opens up to cedar and black cherries. The finish is fine, but I wish it were a bit longer. You could do much worse at the $20 tariff. Goes great with any steak or cheddar cheese. Napa, Cab, $20, what could go wrong here? Not much. Enjoy with gusto! (604 views) Tasted by admirera on 7/20/2012: This is one of our favorites 90+ in our book (584 views) Tasted by chanote44 on 4/20/2012 & rated 89 points: This is a great Napa Cab for $20. It delivers on the cassis, vanilla and oak all wrapped up in modern new world fruit. Don't hold too long. (994 views) Tasted by Stevecci on 3/1/2012 & rated 90 points: PnP. What a difference a week makes. Compared to the bottle from a week ago, this one has more tobacco, vanilla, oak, tannins, and density without all the alcohol. There is good structure and the flavors are better integrated. The finish is still a bit thin and short for my liking. A good deal @$20. (1132 views) Tasted by Stevecci on 2/24/2012 & rated 88 points: PnP. Vanilla, oak, spice, black cherry, black berries and raspberry are evident. There's good acidity but the alcohol is a bit overwhelming. Very little tannin on the palate. An hour in glass helped blow the alcohol off, but it lost a bit of its complexity and structure. The finish is also noticeably shorter than after the initial tasting. I recall this wine tasting much better a couple years ago. Could this be going through a dumb stage? Don't see this wine evolving or improving much more with time. Drink now after short decant. (1105 views) Tasted by egonx on 12/31/2011 & rated 90 points: Lots of everything. We were three friends sharing a botle and our ratiengs were 87-90-93. We agree that it could benefit from some rest in the cellar 1-5 years. (1458 views) Tasted by Bamboobren on 12/24/2011: Velvet goodness! (1412 views)
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 7ndash;8 years.
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!
This lovely, gentle claret feels ripe and sunny with fresh cherry and blueberry flavors. The tannins have a black herb scent that adds to the winersquo;s richness. For prime rib.
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 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa possesses a dark ruby/purple color as well as a big, rich nose of black currant, loamy soil, and underbrush scents, medium body, and a firm structure. While accessible, it promises to evolve for 10ndash;15 years.
A strong line-up of Napa offerings from Louis M. Martini includes a superb bargain, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 7,000-case blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Syrah and Petit Verdot. Its deep ruby/plum color is accompanied by sweet blue and red fruits intertwined with hints of loamy soil, licorice, and subtle background oak. With good flavor as well as silky tannins, this well-balanced, concentrated 2006 should be even better over the next 10ndash;15 years. It is a big-time sleeper of the vintage.
The cabernet Michael Martini produced from his familyrsquo;s extensive Napa Valley vineyards has been a great value for years. Rather than follow the trend toward superripe, generously oaked reds, the Martinis have used their prime vineyards to grow cherry- and blueberry-scented wine like this 2005, a gentle style of claret with the sunny richness of Napa Valley. The structure shows the same restraint, based more on fruit tannin than oak tannin. Rather than change their business model, the Martinis sold their winery on Highway 29 to the Gallo family in 2002, who gave Michael Martini the financial power to continue this style of wine. In 2005, he made a Reserve thatrsquo;s hard to beat with rare prime rib.
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