Saturday, February 21, 2009
Pop and pour won't do this wine any favors, very tight on opening. My typical approach to everyday wines is to pour into a decanter and sample small pours as it catches some air. The nose is closed at first but 30 minutes in, the predominate cherry emerges. The cherry dominates the palate with an interesting transition from sweet to tart. Nice structure and tannins here and a decent finish. I'm liking this better than other Cabs I'm easily able to get in this range ($9-$12) like the J. Lohr 7 Oaks or the 2006 Colombia Crest Grand Estates (over oaked for me, earlier vintages were a favorite though). If you can get this for under $12 give it a try.
Wine Advocate, Dec 2008, 90 points:
"One of the finest bargains in California Cabernet Sauvignon must be Louis M. Martini's outstanding 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma. The good news is there are 140,000 cases produced. Fabulously sweet aromas of black currants, licorice, and cedar soar from the glass of this medium to full-bodied wine. With silky tannins as well as surprising concentration, depth, and texture, this 2006 should drink well for 8-10 years."
The 2006 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from several of Sonoma County’s most prestigious appellations and blended seamlessly to bring together the unique characteristics of each, creating a superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine offers many layers, featuring aromas and flavors of red cherry, blackberry and fresh sage with an underlying dry creek dustiness. Subtle herbal notes are complemented by additional layers of chocolate and vanilla, resulting in a complex, yet easy drinking, wine.