Wine of The Week: Louis Martini 2015 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 Points

For eight decades Martini has been at it pressing grapes and making wine. Its Sonoma expressions of Cabernet have always been consistent and provide a hallmark of quality from the Dry Creek Valley. The 2015 vintage is no exception.

Comprising mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc, this is a rich and layered wine offering notes of blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, and black cherry with a mild tannic structure that makes this extremely drinkable now and a great companion with food.

There is minimal oak intervention but it enhances the fruit and the drinking experience, rounding it out with back notes of wild herbs, plum, mocha and smoke. Using both American and French oak evens out the wine, making it more seamless given its 16 month in barrel.

This is that value Cabernet that you can hardly believe costs merely $20 as it tastes like it should cost much more. Of note is that they achieve this kind of consistency and quality while producing over a quarter of a million cases annually. That speaks to all aspects of the Martini team and its commitment to make excellent Sonoma Cabernet.

Score: 90 Points

What’s Its SRP? $20/ 750ML

What Can I Pair it With? Grilled hamburgers; Chicken pot pie; Traditional Mexican fajitas.

300,000 cases

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Michael Cervin
Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin is Bonfort's Wine Editor. He is the author of eight books including California Wine County) and he contributes and spirits articles to various publications including Robb Report, Forbes Travel Guides, The Hollywood Reporter, Old Liquors Magazine (Netherlands), The Whiskey Reviewer, The Tasting Panel, Fine Wine & Liquor Magazine (China), Decanter (London), Sommelier Journal,, and many others. He is also professional wine and spirits judge serving at the Taste of Rum Festival in Puerto Rico, The Best of Vinho Verde Awards in Portugal, The Critics Challenge, San Diego Wine & Spirits Challenge, and San Diego Spirits and Cocktail Festival, The Central Cost Wine Competition, The San Francisco International Wine Competition, The California State Fair, and others. He is currently the wine buyer for the Santa Barbara Airport.

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