Martin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2004
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.
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.