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Louis M. Martini 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Review

Alexander Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week October 31, 2011

A bottle of Louis M. Martini 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, our wine of the week

Louis M. Martini
2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Alexander Valley, CA

Louis M. Martini is steeped in Napa history. The winery was established in 1922 as L.M. Martini Grape Products, producing sacramental wine throughout Prohibition. Louis M. Martini, as it is known today, was built in 1933 in St. Helena, California. In 2002, the winery was purchased by the Gallo family, close friends of the Martini clan. The winery's focus has always been fine, red wines. Today it is noted for four different Cabernet Sauvignons as well as a single vineyard Zinfandel. The 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet is a classic American Cab. On the nose, it offers sweet blackberry fruit and bramble with just a whiff of vanilla from the oak. A rich, mouth-filling wine, up front it offers sweet, ripe black fruits, including blackberry and black cherry. Toward the mid- and back palate more earthy notes dominate, including a bit of bramble and tobacco with vanilla, caramel and a hint of spice on the finish. A bold wine, it will work well with a simple steak or braised lamb shank. It would also pair nicely with duck breast in a blackberry sauce. Vegetarians might enjoy the wine as an accompaniment to grilled portobello with a red wine reduction or a winter vegetable risotto.

Rating: 14/20

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