Martin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2004

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Why? If you like Caymus, you'll love this new discovery from the ultimate 'boutique' vineyard (only 7 acres) just next door to Caymus. Don't miss this extremely rare, first time bottling from the family owned vineyards that made a significant contribution to Caymus Cabernet vintages 1999 - 2002. TASTE? The new 2004 Martin Estate possesses extremely well balanced tannins perfectly woven into an array of dark fruit blackberry, plums, and figs. This noble creation possesses a restrained elegance reminiscent of a fine $100+ Bordeaux while delivering on the power and finesse we've grown to love from Caymus Special Selection and other neighboring vineyards. This tightly woven gem requires a full 2 hours of decanting before revealing its luster of complex, spicy fruit, white pepper and a hint of black olive tappenade on the sultry finish. Age-worthy and masterful, the Martin Estate 2004 will continue to thrill for the next decade, peaking around 2012 in our estimate. PORTHOS INSIDER SCOOP: MARTIN ESTATE is located in Block B of the original Caymus Land Grant, in the heart of Napa Valley's premium Cabernet Sauvignon region now known as the "Rutherford Appellation". Our #1 pick for an age-worthy, elegant Bordeaux-style blend from the historic winery home of Napa pioneer Georges De Latour in 1887.

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MARTIN ESTATE produces an ultra premium balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Not a cookie cutter wine that followes the herd, this is a wine for people that enjoy the taste of fruit versus heavy oak and high alcohol. The massive pre-prohibition Chateau was built in 1887 by pioneer vintner Henry H. Harris. The winery, which is not open to the public,  is located in Block B of the original ... Read more
MARTIN ESTATE produces an ultra premium balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Not a cookie cutter wine that followes the herd, this is a wine for people that enjoy the taste of fruit versus heavy oak and high alcohol. The massive pre-prohibition Chateau was built in 1887 by pioneer vintner Henry H. Harris. The winery, which is not open to the public,  is located in Block B of the original Caymus Land Grant in the heart of Napa Valley's famous Rutherford Appellation. Martin Estate wines are estate grown, produced and bottled, and releases are limited to the yield of the eight acre first growth Puerta Dorada Vineyard that surrounds the Estate. Award winning winemaker Aaron Pott is in charge of the state of the art winery and vineyard. The wines are terroir driven, reflecting the sense of place where they originated. "Do you know where your wine has been? " (R)  And don't believe the map as that is not the correct location. Read less
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03/05/2009

A Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum selection. Since the first vintage in 2000, Martin Estate has earned itself a position among the top California Cabernet producers, and this engaging, flavor-packed current release makes it easy to see why. The extremely limited production 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a restrained elegance while still delivering the power and finesse we’ve grown to love from Napa Valley’s Rutherford wineries and vineyards. Although this gem was not sent out for review, the reputation alone of the winery and vineyard sets this Cabernet on a pedestal all its own. The wine’s soft-edged but focused aromas of sweet cherry, black currants and earthy “Rutherford dust” lead into bright fruit flavors, vanilla toffee notes, and subtle hints of cassis and tobacco spice. A soft, balanced mouthfeel makes it delightfully food-friendly and its distinctive flavor profile is true to its Rutherford origin. Try pairing the 2004 Martin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon with filet mignon, braised short ribs, or pork tenderloin with a rich sauce. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy now until 2015.



Why? If you like Caymus, you'll love this new discovery from the ultimate 'boutique' vineyard (only 7 acres) just next door to Caymus. Don't miss this extremely rare, first time bottling from the family owned vineyards that made a significant contribution to Caymus Cabernet vintages 1999 - 2002. TASTE? The new 2004 Martin Estate possesses extremely well balanced tannins perfectly woven into an array of dark fruit blackberry, plums, and figs. This noble creation possesses a restrained elegance reminiscent of a fine $100+ Bordeaux while delivering on the power and finesse we've grown to love from Caymus Special Selection and other neighboring vineyards. This tightly woven gem requires a full 2 hours of decanting before revealing its luster of complex, spicy fruit, white pepper and a hint of black olive tappenade on the sultry finish. Age-worthy and masterful, the Martin Estate 2004 will continue to thrill for the next decade, peaking around 2012 in our estimate. PORTHOS INSIDER SCOOP: MARTIN ESTATE is located in Block B of the original Caymus Land Grant, in the heart of Napa Valley's premium Cabernet Sauvignon region now known as the "Rutherford Appellation". Our #1 pick for an age-worthy, elegant Bordeaux-style blend from the historic winery home of Napa pioneer Georges De Latour in 1887.

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