Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Tasting Notes
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Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Tasting Notes

Martini has crafted a good quality, straightforward Cabernet-led wine, in this case a wise blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 8% Merlot and several others for the remaining fraction. The $14 wine leads the nose with redcurrant, cherry and black pepper, adding plum and a little tobacco on the palate. The fruit is nicely ripe; the acidity contributes through to a well-balanced finish but never overpowers, while the tannins are also well-behaved.

This is a wine that will work very hard for you in the food-enhancing department if you serve it to dinner guests. You won't go wrong putting by a case; the wine is well-integrated now but a few years cellaring could add that special something.


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