Sunday, July 12, 2009

Louis Martini 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Are there any good California Cabernets left on the market for under $20? Many years ago there were tons of them, but sadly today they are very hard to find after the long continuous climb in real estate prices in Napa and Sonoma counties. Over the last few years Louis Martini has been one of very few Cabernets from California that give you great value for your money in the $10 to $15 price range. The 2006 in particular was a standout in the value Cab category.

The 2007 offering from Martini is another very solid effort. It has a nice dark purple color in the glass. On the nose , it has aromas of cassis and black fruit with a hint of vanilla. On the palate it is full bodied and fruit forward. This wine is loaded with fruit - especially cherry and blackberry. This is a very nice, easy drinking, everyday wine, and at roughly $12 a bottle you can't go wrong here. The only weakness I see is that it could have a little bit more tannin and structure like the 2006 Louis Martini had , but at this price you can't expect too much. Overall a great value for the price.

Pair with seared tuna or just plain enjoy on its own.

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