This wine features concentrated flavors including wild berries, plum, licorice and mocha. The full-bodied and mouth-coating texture on the palate leads to a long and graceful finish.
The grapes for this wine were primarily selected from two of our renowned, crown jewel vineyards in Sonoma County: Frei Ranch vineyards in Dry Creek Valley AVA and Barrelli Creek Vineyard in the Alexander Valley AVA. The 2015 vintage was yet another in a string of warm, dry and early growing seasons. Mild weather throughout the spring and summer came with neither excessive heat spikes nor cool stretches, allowing slow, even ripening that built excellent ripeness and complexity. Our passionate pursuit of quality and consistency in our vineyards rewarded us with small berries with intense aromatics, concentrated ripe fruit flavors and outstanding structure and balance. The Louis M. Martini 2015 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon wine reflects the best of the warm, narrow Dry Creek Valley and the hot yet wind-cooled Alexander Valley. Together, these unique features create a rich, superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon with copious yet supple tannins. Those tannins make the young wine approachable but will still give it enough texture to age gracefully.
Traditional de-stemming and fermentation temperatures between 88°F and 92°F encouraged the development of rich fruit characteristics and a plush, full mouthfeel. The careful selection of French and American oak added sweetness and complexity with layers of vanilla, mocha and espresso. Touches of Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc enhance the wine’s roundness and depth. Blending occurred two months before bottling to allow the blend to harmonize.
Average time on oak was 16 months.