Louis M. Martini
* Website: http://www.louismartini.com
* Fresh, ripe flavors of black cherry, currant and spice
* Pairs well with beef, lamb, pasta marinara and rich cheeses
Nose: spice, currant, blackberries
After 3 hour decant: spice, mellow
After 6 hour decant: currant, cherry
The nose changed considerable after being decanted. The difference in tannin was perceptible even in the nose. I enjoyed the nose of the 6 hour decant the most.
Taste: heavy tannins, extremely astringent
After 3 hour decant: smoother, but still bitter mouthfeel
After 6 hour decant: smoothes, still a level of astringence
I was not a fan of this particular cabernet sauvignon. I always thought that I enjoyed cabernet sauvignon, but I do not drink it often because I can rarely find someone who wants to split a bottle with me. I did this taste test without food, so even though I wrote down in my notes not to purchase this particular wine again, maybe I will give it a shot with a meal.
I have seen this particular vintage and brand in many lists of solid cabernets, so either my tastes are very different than a lot of reputable sources or maybe I don’t like cabernet sauvignons as much as I thought. More taste testing is needed to determine my final assessment.