An Old Stand By – Louis Martini Sonoma Cab

Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
An old stand-by in affordable Cabernet Sauvignon
Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Louis Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The Louis Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon has been one of GoodCheapVino’s go to Cabs since the 2008 vintage. Over many years, wine critics and wine mags have touted the Cabernet as a great Best Buy Wine. How does the latest vintage measure up?

The Louis Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is available at Trader Joe’s for $12.99, Safeway for $15.29 (six-pack price), Wine.Com for $15.99, and at the Louis M Martini winery in the Napa Valley for $20.

The Louis Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon2016 from the Martini winery is a relatively recent release. The 2015 vintage has a 90-Point rating from the Wine Enthusiast, and KL Wines carries the 2015 for $14.95

Tasting Notes

The Louis Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards in Dry Creek and the Alexander Valley. The winery also blends in a small amount of Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Franc.

I find the wine to be tasty and balanced, without any flaws. It has the characteristic of Cabernet Sauvignon. On the downside, I almost feel it is a generic wine with not much pizazz or anything exciting. I think it is a great entertaining wine with a medium-bodied style that will appeal to many.

Serve the Louis Martini Sonoma County Cabernet with chicken, steak, pizza, or a juicy hamburger. The price point at Trader Joe’s is excellent and beats any other retailer in the Bay Area. I rate this Cabernet at 88 Points.

The Gallo Family owns the Louis Martini Winery (purchased in 2002) and makes a ton of this wine. The Louis Martini Winery is located in St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The winery recently re-opened with a significant overhaul in the wine cellar and tasting room. It is grandiose and very chic. It costs $30 for a basic tasting. $30 for the entry-level tasting is the norm in the Napa Valley. For many of my wine-tasting friends and myself, the fun of tasting wine in the Napa Valley is a thing of the past. Give us back the early days when tasting fees were free or reasonable, and no one put on airs.

Comments

  1. Bob Drucker says:

    Love that you featured our Family favorite, Louis Martini.
    How about featuring Oberon. I don’t know if you have, but I’d like
    your opinion. I found it a few months ago, and have a couple on my
    rack.
    Yes, I am disappointed about the decline of the wine tasting experience in Napa, and the 37.50 price for a fancy glass at Louis Martini.

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