The Martini family has been crafting world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley and Sonoma County since the early 1930’s. Their founder, Louis M. Martini, had a simple premise: the best grapes make the best wines. Today, third-generation vintner Mike Martini proudly continues this commitment to excellence.


Louis M. Martini 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petite Sirah, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Other

Region: Napa Valley, Ca

Price: 35-40

Tasting Notes:

Fragrances of black cherries, currants, and blackberries come together with suggestions of earth, olive, and fennel seed on the nose. Flavors of currant, cherry, and plum unfold into notes of smoky oak, herbs, and anise on the palate. Dusty tannins and concentrated fruit make this wine a fine match for a rib-eye steak.

Rating: 90


Louis M. Martini 2012 “Monte Rosso” Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Sonoma County, Ca

Price: 80-85

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of cherries, sweet currants, and blackberries are accented by hints of all-spice, fresh herbs, and licorice on the nose. A sip delivers flavors of cherry, plum, and cassis that interweave with traces of sweet spice, vanilla, and earth on the palate. A lush wine with supple tannins, fans of elegant Cabs will enjoy this bottle.

Rating: 91


Louis M. Martini 2013 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, & Petite Sirah

Region: Sonoma County, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of currant, blackberry, cedar, and pepper greets the senses. The palate delivers flavors of cherries, bramble fruits and currants, accented by highlights of peppercorns, toasty oak, and cocoa. Dark fruit, spicy interjections, and velvety tannins all contribute to making this bottle a fine value.

Rating: 89


Louis M. Martini 2012 “Alexander Valley” Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 89% Cabernet Sauvignon & 11% Merlot

Region: Sonoma County, Ca

Price: 30-35

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of cherries, blueberries, and blackberries mingle with suggestions of toasty oak, thyme, and anise on the nose. With a sip, flavors of cherry, boysenberry, and blueberry emerge on the palate along side accents of fennel seed, oak, and dusty earth. A lush, dark Cabernet, open a bottle with hambugers fresh from the grill.

Rating: 90