Louis M Martini is one of the oldest vineyards in Napa, with it's roots going all the way back to 1906, when the Martini Wine Company was founded. The young Louis learned his trade in the great vineyards of northern Italy, sent back by his father to learnj the trade. Then in Napa, they planted their first vineyards in 1933, and built their own winery in St Helena. By 1943 they were prominent enough to be a founder of the Louis M. helps to establish the Napa Valley Vintners Association, despite that their already-noted Monte Rosso Vineyard lay outside of Napa!
Since then they have grown, sponsoring and planting superb high-altitude vineyards across Napa and Sonoma. Now owned by Gallo, they have become one of the mainstays of their super-highend portfolio, specialising in big, robust Cabernets. With some fearsomely collectible productions and vintages in their portfolio, it's a joy to see a brand which also produces wine which is delicious at all price-points.
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 1 has a nose of crème de cassis, chocolate box, cedar chest, bay leaves, Chinese five spice and menthol with a hint of charcuterie. Medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy with a bit of chewiness, it's spicy with appealing freshness, finishing layered and very long. 1,075 cases were made." 92+ Pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate