Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The perfect wine for our 13th Anniversary - Louis Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Louis Martini Monte Rosso Vineyard Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
This is what Wine Spectator said about this wine when it was released:
"Impressive for its rich, tight, deeply concentrated core of spice and anise-laced currant and blackberry flavors.  Sharply focused, intense and concentrated, its mouth filling fruit flavors are long and complex on the finish, with well-integrated tannins.  A great wine for the cellar.  Best from 2004 through 2014."
Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2002
It was a beautiful wine then and even more gorgeous now.  My wife and I opened this lovely to celebrate our 13th Anniversary.  I was impressed when I first tried this wine but even more so now.  It has evolved well over the last decade.

The nose shows off still ripe dark cherry and spice.  The wine literally opens up on the palate showcasing bright acidity that dances with your taste buds delighting them with a very lively youthful wine.  The dark cherry and plum fleshy fruit keeps drawing us back for another taste.  We can't believe how young this wine is tasting.  With hints of herb and anise, integrated but consistent tannin make this a very balanced young teenager that screams for a few more years.

Don't get me wrong.  Its drinking near perfection now but with a few more years some of the tertiary components should kick while it still has that bright acidity and youth to make it truly dazzling.

Louis Martini
For more than 75 years, the Martini family winemakers have crafted world-class Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the exceptional vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Counties.  Louis M. Martini embodied a simple, honest premise:  The best grapes make the best wines.  Today Michael Martini, third generation winemaker carries on this tradition at the historic winery in Napa Valley with his range of unforgettable Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Monte Rosso Vineyard
Nestles in the Majestic Mayacamas Mountain range nearly 1,000 feet above the Sonoma Valley, is a vineyard that has been producing award winning Cabernet Sauvignon for three generations.  Owned by the Louis M. Martini Winery since 1938, the Monte Rosse vineyard (named “Monte Rosso” or “Red Mountain” for its rich, red volcanic soils) is a steep and rugged mountain vineyard with a desirable western exposure that produces wines with a unique sense of terroir.  The Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon is a hand crafted wine sourced from the best vineyard blocks within the Monte Rosso Vineyard.



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