This is the winery’s most ambitious Cabernet. It’s a low production, 100% Cab, aged for more than two years in the barrel. Fantastically rich in blackberries, cherries, chocolate, anise, sandalwood and dusty spices, wrapped into smooth, fine tannins. The toasty oak stands out, and the fruit is primary. Best to give this dramatic young wine some time in the cellar…
Martini goes big with this flashy, splashy, small-production Cabernet. Made in the modern cult style, it’s soft as velvet, with ultrarefined tannins and a brisk hit of acidity for balance, plus flavors of blackberries, black currants and dark chocolate. Really pleasurable now, and it should reward up to 10 years in the cellar.
A can’t-miss Cabernet with a rich nose of blackberry, plum, coffee and oak. It’s so dense that the cassis, wood, and coffee flavors come across as being tarry. The smooth, stylish finish is packed full of woodiness, licorice and fine tannins. Simply put, it’s full of style and a whole lot of fun to drink.
Already bricking a little bit at the rim, wines like this gave the ’98 vintage a bad rep. The wine is still good, but nowhere what it can be, with fading fruit, green herbs and sharp acidity on the finish.
Classic Monte Rosso Zin, big, full-bodied and mouthfilling, showing all the spice you could want. Floods the palate with concentrated blackberry and black currant, leather, cola, bacon, sandalwood and black pepper flavors that are densely tiered and dramatically structured. Best now and over the next six years.
This has been pretty much Martini’s best Cabernet Sauvignon over the last few years, and with this ’08, the winery commits itself to playing in the major leagues. It’s very rich and ripe in sweet blackberries and cherries, with a tremendous oak coat, and the tannin-acid structure is of the highest order. Should age effortlessly over the next 12 years, at least.
A very pure Zin, with lots of integrity. It has the brambly, wild berry flavors lovers of this varietal expect, wrapped in dry, dusty tannins. The structure and mouthfeel are rich and beautifully balanced.
Gone are the big, hard tannins that used to mark Cabs from this vineyard. The ’05 is soft and smooth, allowing the lush black and red cherry, currant, licorice, teriaki beef and smoky cedar flavors to shine. This wine should develop nicely over the next decade.