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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  • Sauvignon

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Swartland winery Sadie Family took home a trio of five-star ratings and won Winery of the Year in Platter's recently released “2015 Guide to South African Wines”, the second such honor for the winery.  “Platter's is delighted to announce that Swartland-based Sadie Family Wines is the Guide's Winery of the Year for a historic second time,” Platte... Read More

    From the article Sadie Family Win's South Africa Winery of the Year


  • Here's another of those eye-popping offers from HDH, though it always surprises me how (relatively) reasonable bottle prices are for older Bordeaux library offerings compared to those from the last several years. And Montrose itself was never really found by the Chinese. There's no question of provenance here since these bottles are all from the... Read More

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  • I think even you, Fox, are thinking too much within CA. There are more-than-well-drinkable cab blends for less than $25, just not that many from CA or even WA.Go here for five pages of cab blends between $10 and $25 from as good an online vendor as you are likely to find (I prefer them *greatly* to Total): K&L Wines. I'll cull through a few of t... Read More

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  • Whats your favorite penny saving cab and WHY?!  :)To make it easier, feel free to follow this format! Name: Belle AmbiencePrice (roughly): $9Why: Deep fruity notes of red berries, cherries and  a little vanilla dolce at the end. A perfect way to wind down and relax in the evening after a long hard day at work. Read More

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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

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  • 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


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