2003 Monte Rosso Cabernet 1.5L ETCHED
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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
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 Sonoma Valley 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.