Robert Parker has raved about both the 2007 and 2008 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, giving both wines a 90-point score in his past “Wine Advocates.” A huge number of cases of this wine have been made and you are likely to find the 2008 in many stores, ranging in price from $11.99 to $17.00. Both K&L Wines (stores in S.F., L.A., & Redwood City, CA) and Costco carry this wine for the same low price of $11.99. I really like this wine, but I have to say I would expect a lot more from a Robert Parker wine that scores 90 points. The wine is very smooth with good flavors, but in my estimation does not have the typical deep aromas and flavors found in a good Cabernet Sauvignon. I do consider this wine to be one of the better bargain wines around at the moment. It is a well-made wine and not so big and over-powering. It makes for a nice match with red meats.
Louis Martini Winery is one of the oldest wineries in the Napa Valley region. A few years ago it was sold to the Gallo Family. The Gallo Family owns many outstanding vineyards in Sonoma County and probably does not have the huge overhead compared to many small wineries. They know how to market their wines and this one is certainly a bargain at $11.99.