Louis M. Martini

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.292 ratings
9.419 pro ratings
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petite Sirah, aged 16 months in 50% new French and American oak, a big wine, very approachable for a 2014. Dense Ruby with black fruit aromas, earthy herb scents and soft spice. On the palate sweet fruits, cherry and currants, with licorice, tobacco and cacao notes on soft tannins, very well balanced. Lingering finish ending with earthy wood, very nice and has lots of room for cellaring. Only 11,000 cases so I got a few bottles to set down, check back in a few years!

A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petite Sirah, aged 16 months in 50% new French and American oak, a big wine, very approachable for a 2014. Dense Ruby with black fruit aromas, earthy herb scents and soft spice. On the palate sweet fruits, cherry and currants, with licorice, tobacco and cacao notes on soft tannins, very well balanced. Lingering finish ending with earthy wood, very nice and has lots of room for cellaring. Only 11,000 cases so I got a few bottles to set down, check back in a few years!

Nov 22nd, 2018
Rob Brobst III

Absolutely singing tonight! In the immortal words of Fat Joe & Remy Ma - “Nothing can stop me I’m all the way up!”

Absolutely singing tonight! In the immortal words of Fat Joe & Remy Ma - “Nothing can stop me I’m all the way up!”

Sep 27th, 2018
Rob Brobst III

Bang boom pow! Holy horse shoes Batman!

Bang boom pow! Holy horse shoes Batman!

Apr 1st, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

This is either my 5th or 6th bottle of this and the new revelation is the Pepperidge Farm Chessmen note.

This is either my 5th or 6th bottle of this and the new revelation is the Pepperidge Farm Chessmen note.

Sep 29th, 2017
Shay A
9.3

Curiosity got the best of me. Parker rated this 97 points and a local wine shop managed to get 1-2 cases and at $34/bottle, it was a gamble I was willing to take.

Color me surprised and impressed. 45mins-1hr of air time and 👌. Very purple in color, but the wine wasn't as heavy as it looked. Big aromatics...maple syrup, caramelized brown sugar, blueberry jam, faint smell of smoked meat. Very "pure" front and mid palate...nothing was overbearing or dominant one way or the other. Silky texture, rush of blue and black fruits, earthiness, toasted oak and milk chocolate. Very Napa cab-esque. Could see how some would think it was too extracted, but it doesn't touch a Caymus 40 in that category. At $34/bottle, this is a show stopper. Not worthy of 97pts, but probably the best sub $40 bottle of cabernet I've come across from Cali.

Curiosity got the best of me. Parker rated this 97 points and a local wine shop managed to get 1-2 cases and at $34/bottle, it was a gamble I was willing to take.

Color me surprised and impressed. 45mins-1hr of air time and 👌. Very purple in color, but the wine wasn't as heavy as it looked. Big aromatics...maple syrup, caramelized brown sugar, blueberry jam, faint smell of smoked meat. Very "pure" front and mid palate...nothing was overbearing or dominant one way or the other. Silky texture, rush of blue and black fruits, earthiness, toasted oak and milk chocolate. Very Napa cab-esque. Could see how some would think it was too extracted, but it doesn't touch a Caymus 40 in that category. At $34/bottle, this is a show stopper. Not worthy of 97pts, but probably the best sub $40 bottle of cabernet I've come across from Cali.

Jul 21st, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Deep and dark purplish red. Layered nose with cocoa leaves, tobacco, and some dark dusty berries. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus to almost full bodied. Dark palate with black cherries, black currants, coconut, vanilla and a touch herbaceous in the medium plus to long finish. Drink till 2028. (91+)

Deep and dark purplish red. Layered nose with cocoa leaves, tobacco, and some dark dusty berries. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus to almost full bodied. Dark palate with black cherries, black currants, coconut, vanilla and a touch herbaceous in the medium plus to long finish. Drink till 2028. (91+)

2 people found it helpfulSep 23rd, 2017
Bryant Bickel

97 Parker,Jesus, how many cherub boys were running around? Solid, but 97 come on.

97 Parker,Jesus, how many cherub boys were running around? Solid, but 97 come on.

2 people found it helpfulSep 5th, 2017
Rob Brobst III

Pop, Pour, Sip, REPEAT!!!!

Pop, Pour, Sip, REPEAT!!!!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 17th, 2018
Rob Brobst III

When I was a kid I loved big trucks! My favorite was the Mack Dump Truck. Tonight I revisit my childhood........

When I was a kid I loved big trucks! My favorite was the Mack Dump Truck. Tonight I revisit my childhood........

1 person found it helpfulSep 18th, 2017
Jay Kline

Not sure that it's 97 good but I like it. Thanks Tom!

Not sure that it's 97 good but I like it. Thanks Tom!

1 person found it helpfulJul 28th, 2017