2011 Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Description: Our Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of the unique characteristics of each vineyard, creating a superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has flavors of black plum jam and ripe loganberries. Hints of oak and a touch of Christmas spice support the fruit. The cooler vintage created a finish with a classical, Old World structure. Winemaking Notes: After harvesting, the grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for up to 48 hours to improve extraction. The wine was then immediately warmed to between 88°F and 92°F to enhance the jammy fruit characteristics. Once fermentation reached its halfway point, we slowly dropped the temperature to give the yeast a more hospitable environment. Finally, the grapes were pressed when the optimal balance of flavor and structure was reached. We added a touch of Merlot for its plush mouthfeel and a hint of Petite Sirah for its dark fruit characteristics and firm structure.