Uncork This - Louis M. Martini 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
The founder of this stalwart, family-operated winery, Louis M. Martini, weathered Prohibition in the 1930's by producing sacramental wine and selling "home winemaking kits." In 2002, facing tons of crushing, well-funded competition in Napa cab land, the family sold to Gallo Family Vineyards. Now with access to more fruit and resources, they've crafted this gorgeous, well-balanced cabernet with bright cherry, a splash of vanilla, fragrant cedar, supple tannins, figs and bittersweet chocolate. Not a fruit bomb - easily enjoyed with food with well-integrated acidity. Fantastic value. Sw=1. $25. 4.5 stars. Locate where to buy it.
This wine is featured in this week's Corkscrew column - Gallo Winery: Not What You Think.