Louis M. Martini Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 / 750 ml.

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SP95+95–98 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2020
Youthfully balled up, but there’s a ton of gorgeous cassis, raspberry and plum fruit, all of it kept in check right now thanks to a bolt of iron as riveting as I’ve seen in this wine. Barrel samples are often easily impressive, but this is way more than that.—Non-blind Louis M. Martini vertical (July 2020). (James Molesworth)
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2023
Well-built, with a dense core of red and black currant reduction flavors held in check for now, while iron-tinged sweet tobacco, warm earth and singed apple wood notes hold sway. Packs a muscular, racy structure that drives underneath, so just give this a bit more time to fully meld. Rock-solid, though. Best from 2025 through 2040. 1,350 cases made. (James Molesworth)
JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, January 14, 2022
Aromas of currants, blackberries, vanilla, walnuts and cedar. It’s full-bodied with firm, polished tannins. Plush, supple and textured with a deep core of dark fruit and spice. Vanilla, too. Rich and flavorful. Big, chewy wine. Try from 2023. (James Suckling)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2022
Martini’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard has the site’s characteristic mint and herbal overtones, but it also offers deep cassis and plum notes. Full-bodied, ripe but firm, with typical Cabernet Sauvignon varietal austerity and reserve, framed by fine-grained, silky tannins that linger on the finish, it’s a classic example of Monte Rosso Cabernet. (Joe Czerwinski)

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SP95+ 95–98 pts. / Wine Spectator (Web only – 2020)

Youthfully balled up, but there’s a ton of gorgeous cassis, raspberry and plum fruit, all of it kept in check right now thanks to a bolt of iron as riveting as I’ve seen in this wine. Barrel samples are often easily impressive, but this is way more than that.—Non-blind Louis M. Martini vertical (July 2020). (James Molesworth)

SP94 94 pts. / Wine Spectator (Apr 30, 2023)

Well-built, with a dense core of red and black currant reduction flavors held in check for now, while iron-tinged sweet tobacco, warm earth and singed apple wood notes hold sway. Packs a muscular, racy structure that drives underneath, so just give this a bit more time to fully meld. Rock-solid, though. Best from 2025 through 2040. 1,350 cases made. (James Molesworth)

JS94 94 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Friday, January 14, 2022)

Aromas of currants, blackberries, vanilla, walnuts and cedar. It’s full-bodied with firm, polished tannins. Plush, supple and textured with a deep core of dark fruit and spice. Vanilla, too. Rich and flavorful. Big, chewy wine. Try from 2023. (James Suckling)

RP93 93 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (31st May 2022)

Martini’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard has the site’s characteristic mint and herbal overtones, but it also offers deep cassis and plum notes. Full-bodied, ripe but firm, with typical Cabernet Sauvignon varietal austerity and reserve, framed by fine-grained, silky tannins that linger on the finish, it’s a classic example of Monte Rosso Cabernet. (Joe Czerwinski)

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District / Sonoma County

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Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco is one of California's most famous wine districts. While sometimes overshadowed by the reputation of its rival and neighbor, Napa Valley, Sonoma County has a longer history of viticulture and is twice the size of the former.

Thanks in part to a strong diversity of climates within Sonoma County, the district is home to outstanding examples from a whole host of grapes. Sonoma County Pinot Noirs are considered some of the finest in the state, and the Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels are remarkable. Chardonnays come in a variety of styles thanks to the varying temperatures in Sonoma County, and Cabernets and Merlots also thrive here.

Some of the more celebrated viticultural areas in Sonoma County include Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Coast, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and Carneros (parts of which fall within Napa Valley).

Region / California

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When it comes to US wine production, California is King. California wines account for almost 90% of all wines produced in the United States each year, and is home to the most celebrated vineyards and producers in the country. California is probably best known for its world-famous Cabernets and Chardonnays, many of which hail from its two most-acclaimed AVAs, Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Other prominent grapes used in California wines include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel (which California made popular).

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The United States now ranks fourth in the world in wine production behind, France, Italy, and Spain. While about 90% of that wine is produced in California, other states like Oregon, New York, and Washington are establishing themselves as prime spots for wine production, as well. Just about any variety of wine can be found in production somewhere in the United States.

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SKU 99126
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Louis M. Martini Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Country United States
Region California
District Sonoma County
Product Location - Location-Appellation Sonoma Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 16.1%
Wine/Spirit Brand Louis M. Martini
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2018
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Same Region, Same Vintage, Same Grape
JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, December 5, 2021
This has a pretty nose of blackcurrants, black cherries, lavender, iodine, pecans and graphite. Some chocolate orange. Medium-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity. Hints of herbs and earth. Excellent structure and freshness. Drink from 2023. (James Suckling)
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 2, 2021
Focused, with Damson, bitter cherry and black currant notes that are framed tightly by a mix of singed cedar, savory and sanguine notes. Drink now through 2026. 2,380 cases made. (James Molesworth)

United States | California | Napa Valley

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2018 / 750 ml.

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RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2002
The rich, cedar-stained 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon needs a bit of time still to digest its oak. Menthol and toast dominate the nose, but give it a bit of time in the glass and the cassis and blackberry fruit begins to come through. It’s full-bodied and velvety in feel, not quite as broad and plush as the Proprietary Blend but perhaps a touch more focused and streamlined. (Joe Czerwinski)

United States | California | Napa Valley

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Colgin Tychson Hill | Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 / 750 ml.

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 97212

JD100100 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/27/2021
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is straight-up off-the-charts and one of the true gems in the vintage. Revealing a deep purple hue as well as extraordinary notes of crème de cassis, white flowers, spice, tobacco, and classy oak, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, no hard edges, and just perfect integration of its fruit, tannins, and acidity. I’d happily enjoy a bottle today, but smart money would give these a solid 4–5 years in the cellar and it should keep for 30–40 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP100100 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2020
Opaque purple-black in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard jumps from the glass with bold, gregarious scents of blueberry compote, black cherry preserves and warm cassis plus nuances of roses, star anise and candied violets with gentle wafts of dark chocolate and cinnamon. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is super intense with a whole fireworks display of floral sparks going off among the red and black fruits, framed by exquisitely ripe, finely pixilated tannins, finishing long and mineral laced. This edifying beauty takes Napa Valley elegance and grace to a whole new level.
VN9898 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2022
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is seamless, elegant and supremely beautiful. There’s not a thing out of place. Silky tannins wrap around a core of dark-fleshed fruit, with hints of chocolate, spice, leather and dried herbs that make an appearance with time in the glass. The Tychson Hill shows just how magical this vintage is.
SP9797 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2021
A beauty, with waves of cassis, distilled plum and warmed kirsch that glide through, carried by seemingly silky texture despite obvious tannic spine. The back end unfurls with notes of violet, incense, and red and black tea, with a subtle mineral edge, while the fruit holds the main focus. So much guile for a large-scaled wine. Best from 2022 through 2040. 600 cases made. (James Molesworth)

United States | California | Napa Valley

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WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 11/1/2021
Woody mushroom aromas meet with red fruit and smoke on the nose of this bottling. Those roasted and smoked red fruit flavors pick up umami-laden soy elements on the palate, where a light pepper spice carries through to the finish.
WE8888 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 8/1/2020
Crisp blackberry, baked earth and layers of herb aromas show on the nose of this bottling. Framed by stiff tannins, the palate is dry, with blackberry and black-plum flavors, enhanced by a punch of black pepper and dusting of dried herbs.
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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Aromas of fresh plums, bark, pine needles, milk chocolate and cloves. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, sleek tannins. Smooth and creamy with layers of ripe fruit and chocolate. Delicious. Try after 2022. (James Suckling)
WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2021
Delivering outstanding value, this nuanced, balanced and elegant wine is a showcase of soft, supple tannin and lovely red and black cherry. Leathery texture adds volume and breadth, with a touch of grip, building to a finish of light spice and tobacco. (Virginie Boone)
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2021
Packed with dark currant paste, warmed fig and blackberry preserve flavors, this brims with rich fruit. Grounded, with strong tug of loam and a singed cedar note that melds nicely through the finish. Has heft, but the fruit is pure. Best from 2022 through 2030. 7,300 cases made. (James Molesworth)

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JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, February 14, 2020
A soft, juicy red with licorice and aniseed undertones to the blueberries and sage. Candy. Medium to full body with agility and elegance. Drinkable now, but better in 2022.
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 10, 2021
A rich, lush style, with creamed plum, blueberry and warmed blackberry compote flavors gliding along, laced with cocoa and warm earth notes. A black licorice note drapes over the fruit on the finish, and there’s a violet note hanging in the background. Large-scaled and well-defined. Best from 2022 through 2035. 1,272 cases made.
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 9th Apr 2020
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 1 (made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) gives up loads of exotic spice notes — Chinese five spice, hoisin, fenugreek and cardamom — with a core of crème de cassis, prunes and plum pudding. Full-bodied, the decadently fruited palate has tons of spicy sparks and a chewy texture with chargrill notes on the finish. 1,300 cases were made.

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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, February 14, 2020
A firm, juicy red with blackberries, chocolate and light tobacco. Some vanilla. Medium to full body. Round tannins. Fruity and fresh. Drink now.
WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 8/1/2020
Tones of plum, currant and dark cherry carry this smooth, rounded red. Supple tannins underline it all, alongside a hearty dose of toasted oak.
RP8888 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 9th Apr 2020
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley features bold notes of warm cassis, blackberry pie and redcurrant jelly with touches of bay leaves, mossy tree bark and menthol plus a hint of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm, rugged texture and oodles of freshness lifting the generous fruit to a long finish. 16,258 cases were made.
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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, January 14, 2022
Ripe blueberries, black plums, herbs, toffee and milk chocolate on the nose. It’s full-bodied with firm, tight-grained tannins and bright acidity. Structured, deep and intense. Firm finish. Try from 2022.
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2021
This offers a nice lush feel, with waves of cherry and plum preserves and melted red licorice rolling through, ending with a polished, moderately toasty finish. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2024. 2,391 cases made.
WE8888 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2022
This is a thick, concentrated and value-minded wine, made in a simple, approachable style, with ample ripeness and supple tannin. Cedar, tobacco and blackberry dominate a plush integration of oak and baking spice. (Virginie Boone)
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SP8787 pts. - Wine Spectator - Aug 14, 2023
Shows a singed mesquite note that melds with a core of gently steeped red and black cherry fruit, with a light zip of licorice on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 175,000 cases made. (James Molesworth)

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RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Jan 2019
Made of 100% Cabernet aged 21 months in 93% new French oak, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 1 comes bounding out of the glass with energetic notes of crushed blueberries, cassis and black cherry compote with hints of lilacs, baking spices, cedar chest and potpourri. Full-bodied and wonderfully velvety in the mouth, it delivers mouth-filling perfumed black fruit and has a compelling herbal lift to the long finish. 1,308 cases produced.
WE9494 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 1/1/2020
This is a powerhouse wine, surprisingly soft and supple on the palate, with firm, integrated tannins and hearty oak. Cedar, pencil shavings and sweet tobacco provide savory complexity on the midpalate, accenting a core of concentrated red currant and plum. The finish is a mix of black pepper and dark chocolate.

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SP8585 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 22, 2022
This has mocha and melted licorice notes that hold sway over a core of plum and black cherry jam. Toasty finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 6,000 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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RP88+88–90 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 4th May 2023
If my math on the provided vineyard sourcing is correct, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is about two-thirds estate-grown and one-third purchased from other growers. Aged in 25% new French oak, it’s faintly herbal, with primary fruit notes of cassis and black cherries. It’s a medium to full-bodied effort, a little tannic and austere at this stage, with a dusty finish. For the suggested retail price, it’s a solid value in Napa. (Joe Czerwinski)

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RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2022
Martini’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley comes from a multitude of Gallo-owned properties and includes about one-fourth purchased fruit. Marked by notes of almost peppery-spicy oak and ripe cassis, it’s full-bodied, ripe and generous, still not that rich or textured but a clear step up from Martini’s Sonoma County Cabernet, with a long, mouthwatering finish. (Joe Czerwinski)

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