Louis M. Martini 2009 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Little did I know that a quick peak inside one of my wine cellars would inspire me to pick a wine, a theme and the perfect quote for inspiration:
This corpulent, plump, juicy, delicious, hedonistic effort should keep for up to a decade – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
As I went through wines in search of tonight’s perfect choice, the 2009 Louis M. Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon called to me. I wasn’t particularly looking for a California Cabernet in fact I was looking for anything but. Yet, this bottle had me at 2009, the vintage.
How had I held on to this bottle for so long? This isn’t a wine I would usually age. Yet here it was. A vague memory told me there was a story and of course there was. Louis M Martini wines, Michael Martini the third generation winemaker (grandson of Louis M. Martini) and even my parents played a part. Should you be intrigued and want to know more just click on the link provided although it’s not required:
Yes, my first inspiration was the vintage. But as I researched the wine itself and came across the Wine Advocate quote, I just knew the wine Gods had pointed me in the right direction: “should keep for up to a decade”, well let’s see about that!
DAMN! or YES! they were right. Referring to wine reviews and winemaker notes describing this wine to be big, bold, corpulent, hedonistic, and high-toned it is now interesting to experience and taste how the aging process of ten years enhanced and yet softened this wine.
Rich dark dried or candied fruit on the nose; plum, blackberry, prune, raisin. Compote like. Same on the palate with the addition of an earthy and vegetative taste. Now ten years after harvest, I found it to be as smooth as a big Pinot Noir from Oregon or South America, yet still a California Cabernet.
Inspiration found, how lucky am I……. ¡SALUD!