Louis Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Our 2005 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit-driven exhibiting complex layers of dried cherries, tobacco, leather and earth tones balanced with expressions of toasty oak reminiscent of vanilla spice box. This is a magnificent wine with an opulent nose of dark berries, ripe plum and black fruits, with earthy undertones of sage, underbrush and spices. The wine will evolve into a long and lingering finish of plush, velvety tannins and is a perfect complement to warm, earthy dishes, wild game and red meats. A lush and well-structured wine that belongs in everyones cellar and is meant to be enjoyed now or aging for the next five years.
A majority of the fruit is sourced from our Alexander Valley vineyard, which is a warmer climate growing area that produces some of the worlds most beautiful expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. The growing season saw these grapes harvested at optimum ripeness during September and into October with an average of 24.5 brix at harvest. Picking took place in the early morning to keep the fruit as cool as possible for fermentation. Grapes were de-stemmed, but not crushed upon arrival at the winery leaving over 90% whole berries. This process allows for better retention of the grape's varietal essence and minimizes bitter tannin extraction in the wine. The Cabernet Sauvignon juice was fermented with a temperature range of 76°F-85°F, receiving extended skin contact for an optimum of 21 days for maximum extraction of color and flavor. To ensure the development of desired flavor and aroma characteristics, the juice was inoculated with Prise de Mousse yeast and 100% of the wine completed malolactic fermentation. Racking took place every 4-6 months with topping every four weeks.
(cab er nay saw vee nyon)—This highly adaptable grape grows almost anywhere it is relatively warm, but the best wines come from the Burgundy region of France (where it is a noble variety), California, and Australia. It became famous through the red wines of the Médoc district of Bordeaux and is now grown in Washington, southern France, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make wines that are high in tannin and medium- to full-bodied. Usually identified as having black currant or cassis flavors, the grape can also possess vegetal tones when the grapes are less than ideally ripe. The best wines are rich and firm with great depth, and are often aged for fifteen years or more. Because it is highly tannic, Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with other less-tannic grapes such as Merlot.