Louis Martini has been a fixture in St. Helena since the prohibition days of the 1930s. The Martinis were instrumental in setting up the Napa Valley Vintners association, using windmills to thwart frost, and championing Merlot before it would become the popular choice in the Valley. But all the while they’ve been making their bread-and butter-Cabernet–even earning 100-point scores from Parker’s Wine Advocate in the process.
The 2019 vintage was one of Napa’s best in the last quarter century, and the Martini Family was able to put their best foot forward, producing a Napa Valley Cabernet that can only be considered a huge steal for the price.
94 Points, James Suckling
Currant, green pine-cone and bark aromas follow through to a medium body with fine tannins and a creamy texture. Reserved at the end. Very fine and elegant.
92 Points, Wine Spectator
Ripe, but with freshness to help carry off the well-laden core of blackberry, boysenberry and black cherry compote. Reveals a nice backdrop of singed alder and mesquite as well as licorice snap, with good underlying juiciness. Best from 2023 through 2036.
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