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.