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Martin Estate 2008 Collector’s Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley
     

Martin Estate
2008 Collector’s Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted: 2/13/2012
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
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94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$125
Deep garnet color. Rich milk chocolate covered cassis and nuts, vanilla mint fudge, peppery spice with a hint of seared pork fat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and long, silky peppercorn, peach-apple pie, and flower patch accented finish. A classic Napa cab with a unique twist.
Tasting Info
WINE Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: milk chocolate covered cassis and nuts, vanilla mint fudge, peppery spice with a hint of seared pork fat
Taste Flavor: peppercorn, peach-apple pie, and flower patch
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Pairing Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A classic Napa cab with a unique twist.
Cabernet Sauvignon
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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass

Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.

The Producer

Martin Estate

The Producer
8780 Conn Creek Rd
Rutherford, CA 94573
USA
1 707-967-0300
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