Martin Estate

(707) 967-0300 PO Box 390
Rutherford, CA 94573
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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 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.

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • In Celebration of 1605 2007

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    The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah isan equal blend of each variety that was planted in the 1990s. It is aged for 12 months in French and American, new and used barrels. It offers a light bouquet of blueberry, quince and a hint of shoe polish, while the palate is supple androunded, smooth and succulent, with layers of polished red cherries and cr... Read More

    Wine review by pagocasadelblanco


  • I quite enjoy the Snooth Virtual Tastings.  It's been a while since I joined in the live event, because (I can't believe a retired person has this problem.) of schedule conflicts.  Even when I don't participate in the live event, I make time to view the archived recording.So, I was pleased to see that I had no conflict for the next VT--La Crema ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Musings from a Wine Buying...


  • Not only is Cabernet Sauvignon the most popular red wine, it’s also one that is best suited to gift giving. It’s a wine that everyone knows and understands. Big, rich and bold, it’s the archetype of red wines that is perfect for the cooler months that lie ahead. While Cabernet does get a bit of a bad rap as being ubiquitous, that doesn’t mean th... Read More

    From the article Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Last month we had our most recent Virtual Tasting featuring the wines of Argentina’s Dona Paula Estate. While tasting through four wines we were treated to Martin Kaiser’s narratives. Matin, as the head viticulturist for Dona Paula, is intimately involved in the development and maintenance of each vineyard. His unique insight into the terroir of... Read More

    From the article Dona Paula's Virtual Tasting Recap


  • Bodega Castro Martin Family Estate Selection, Albarino 'Sobre Lias' 2011

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    This has a lovely nose, all swathed in a gentle florality with soft apricot, plum, and tangerine aromas that show a little candied almond note. This is focused and fairly precise in the mouth with big acids lending a classic seashell note on the palate, and even a whisper of tannins supporting slightly herb toned green plum, lime and melon fruit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodega Castro Martin Family Estate Selection, Albarino 'Sobre Lias' 2012

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    Rich balanced aroma with pears, celery seed, pineapple, and hazelnut. The body is tart and strong on the fore-palate, with a buttery and high-mineral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Skeptical I recently visited the Napa Valley for the first time in about three years. Like many wine geeks, I’m jaded when it comes to Napa Valley wines, almost programed to dismiss them based on their success. You see, to be a true wine geek has somehow morphed into cultivating an exclusive appreciation of obscure wines. Orange wines? Bring the... Read More

    From the article 10 Top Napa Cabernets Under $50


  • I‘ve recently been tasting through recent Cabernet releases from the Napa Valley and have been struck by the appeal of many of the wines. This is due in small part to the string of vintages, cooler than typical, that winemakers have recently been working with. But there might be more to it than that. I’ve written up my thoughts on the matter and... Read More

    From the article Napa Value


  • Martin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve 2004

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Martin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Bacchanal 2007

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    Wine review by amcincbiz


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