Nestled in the majestic Mayacamas Mountain range nearly 1,000 feet above the Sonoma Valley is a vineyard that has produced award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon for three generations. Owned by the Louis M. Martini winery since 1938, the Monte Rosso vineyard (named Monte Rosso or Red Mountain for its rich, red volcanic soils) is a steep and rugged mountain vineyard with a desirable western exposure that produces wines with a unique sense of terroir.
Harvest took place in the early morning hours until dawn in the cool fog during October and November at 27° brix. The berries were hand harvested in the morning in order to keep the fruit as cool as possible. The grapes were hand sorted to ensure only the best optimal fruit was utilized and then gravity fed to the fermentors. Prior to fermentation the grapes were cold soaked for up to five days allowing for retention of the grapes varietal essence and minimize bitter tannin extraction in the wine producing concentrated, fresh and dark fruit flavors in the finished wine. For maximum extraction of color and flavor the must was in contact with the skins for an optimal 30 days at temperatures not exceeding 89°F; thus contributing to greater extraction of black, dark, violet colors that visually hint at the depth and flavor of the wine. Racking took place every 4-6 months and this wine underwent complete malolactic fermentation in barrels. 100% of the wine aged in French oak barrels for approximately 26 months.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.