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2011 Monte Rosso Cabernet 1.5L

I’ve loved the Cabernet from Monte Rosso Vineyard for as long as I can remember, and I consider myself lucky that my good friend Mike Martini , whose family bought the ranch in the late 1930’s , continues to share a couple of blocks with me every year. With elevations that range from 900 to 1,200 feet, the aptly named (by Mike’s grandfather) Monte Rosso is a classic mountain vineyard, resting firmly on the southwest side of the Mayacamas mountain range in the Moon Mountain District, Sonoma County AVA. Sitting above the fog line with undulating hillsides, the vineyard’s iron-rich soils are red, rocky and well drained. Vines struggle for nutrients here, and the rich concentrated fruit shows it. 


2011 Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon 3L

"Sbragia continues to purchase fruit from the Gallo Family-owned Monte Rosso Vineyard, one of the most iconic sites in Sonoma. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard is one of the stars of this much maligned, irregular vintage. Its deep, inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by scents of loamy soil, licorice, roasted herbs, blackcurrants and blackberries. This beautiful, full-throttle 2011 eclipses the vintage’s reputation and overall quality. Drink it over the next decade."

-Robert Parker Jr., December 2014


2010 Monte Rosso Cabernet 1.5L

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard is a knock-out, but it will benefit from a few more years of bottle age. From the red soils of this famous Sonoma vineyard, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of loamy soil, black currants, black cherries and underbrush. Full-bodied, rich and moderately tannic, it should drink well for 15-20 years."

-Robert Parker Jr., December 2013


2006 Monte Rosso Cabernet 1.5L

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso (a vineyard site now owned by Gallo) exhibits the earthy, loamy soil character that comes from these red clay soils. Aged two years in French wood, the tannins in this 2006 seem elevated, and the wine is backward, rugged, even rustic. There is plenty of terroir, red and black currant fruit with some weedy herbs in the background. This wine needs 4-5 years of cellaring, and may ultimately merit a higher score. It should last for two decades or more. 


-Robert Parker Jr., Dec. 2009


2003 Monte Rosso Cabernet 1.5L ETCHED

A sensational effort, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard is a big wine at 14.4% alcohol. It was aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. This outstanding first growth site, previously farmed by Louis Martini and now owned by Gallo, is famous for its red soils as well as the earthy intensity of its wines. This rich, full-bodied 2003 offers up notes of volcanic soils, charcoal, blackberries, black currants and vanillin in its dense, long, authoritative personality. Having absorbed all the oak, it reveals decent acidity and an accessible style. It is capable of lasting another two decades.

-Robert Parker Jr., June 2013


2002 Monte Rosso Cabernet 1.5L ETCHED

"The brilliant 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso comes from one of Sonoma’s greatest vineyards, a huge land mass with incredibly old vines that are still dry farmed and head pruned. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with notes of volcanic soil, truffles, black currants, underbrush and unsmoked cigar tobacco. This deep, full-bodied, rich, well-made Cabernet reveals some flamboyant tendencies, but it appears to be 2-3 years away from full maturity, where it should stay for another 10-15 years."

-Robert Parker Jr., June 2012