Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (2007 and 2010)

LOUIS*M*MARTINI Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (2007 and 2010), 9.00-$15.99, 90 points (2007), 86 points (2010) divides quickly into two very different colors groups; while the 2007 appears more Bordeaux black currant red, the 2010 has a more Shiraz purple hue, and both present a clear rim.
The nose of the 2007 is very lovely with sweet cooking spice, especially cinnamon, and blackberries, while the 2010 has hints of earth and toasty red grape notes.
Both have a medium body with good acidity and mild tannin, but the flavor is quite different, with rich black currant and boysenberry fruit trailing well into the accelerating spicy finish of the Louis M. Martini Sonoma County 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2010 suffers a bit from a medicinal syrupiness, it is a bit green and tart which tends to mask the fruit, though the finish is okay and adds a bit of spice with the slightest hint of eucalyptus.
I have had the 2007 Cabernet in my cellar for three years, and just maybe if I have the 2010 there for three years I'll have a different opinion of it, but I just don't think it's as good a wine


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  1. Update: on the second day the 2007 turned vegetable with faded fruit, but the 2010 held-up a bit better maintaining more of its newly opened flavor.

    1. So, when drinking an older wine, usually drink upon opening!