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2013 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon "Napa Valley"

Winery: Louis Martini

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot & 2% Merlot

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $38

Cases produced: 51,000

KWG Score: 92.8 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: September 25, 2016

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley was well received by the Tasting Panel. It opens with an appealing ripe Bing cherry bouquet with hints of toasty vanilla oak and tobacco leaf. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry with notes of gentle plum and minerality. We also detected a touch of black currant, coffee and oak. The finish is dry and its chewy, yet managed tannins drift away nicely. The panel suggested pairing this very nice Napa Cab with a wild boar ragu or braised short ribs. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Our 2013 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a deep burgundy color and complex aromas of dark fruit, smoky cedar and dried herbs. Rich and broad in the mouth, our Napa Cabernet has an expansive mid-palate, silky tannins and sought-after balance. Finely etched flavors of black cherry and blackberry are framed by licorice and toast on the long finish.

Organic status: not organic

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