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Louis M Martini Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
SKU: 821

Louis M Martini Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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This is a big & good Cabernet Sauvignon-dark, dense and rich-with pronounced blackberry and blackcurrant notes, suggestions of licorice and dark cherry, and layers of cocoa, tobacco and clove. Full-bodied, it has a richly fruited mid-palate featuring cassis and coffee, and a long finish marked by dark fruit and spice. The concept of lot wines at Louis M. Martini dates back to 1952, when Louis P. Martini first made good, luxury Cabernet Sauvignon wines from selected vineyards that he named by lots. Today, we continue the legacy, selecting the best grapes from Napa Valley's extraordinary mountaintop and benchland vineyards for this wine. Lot 1 is a sought-after wine that captures the essence of Napa Valley's distinctive terroir.
Wine Advocate
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The spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 1 comes from Martini's own vineyards as well as several growers, including a whopping 45% from the Stagecoach Vineyard. It is a cross-AVA blend of 45% Atlas Peak, 21% Stags Leap and 34% Napa Valley. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 21 months in French oak (96% new), just under 900 cases were produced. A stunning dense ruby/purple color is followed by abundant aromas of crème de cassis, new saddle leather, licorice and spice box. This full-bodied beauty should age effortlessly for 20-25+ years.

Robert Parker, October 2014
Wine Enthusiast
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Reduced and highly concentrated, this powerful wine is brooding in black peppercorn, leather and a wealth of black color and black fruit. Chewy on the entry, it softens and integrates over time, getting better in the glass as it goes, a rich, rewarding mix of blackberry, clove and cigar.

Virginie Boone, February 1, 2016
Wine Spectator
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A potent, extracted style, with dense dark berry, dusty earth, cedar and tobacco leaf notes, ending a bit dry and savory. A little time in the bottle should allow this to improve. Drink now through 2026. 542 cases made.

James Laube, November 15, 2015