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MartinEstate 2010 Cab Sauv

2010 MARTIN ESTATE Collector’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon…gets the tag "memorable": Dark garnet color sets the stage for a plethora of dense aromas of herbs, spices, chocolate, boysenberry, nuts and berries . Despite its fruitiness it is has a dry side to it, a medium-to-full body and a sassy layered finish of cassis, vanilla, and minerals. Pair with Prime Rib.

Linda Kissim
Riverside Culinary Travel Examiner


2010 MARTIN ESTATE RESERVE -- Garnet black color. Dense aromas of herbs, spices and chocolate drizzled bacon, nuts and berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy layered finish with notes of cassis, vanilla, peppercorn and minerals. A vibrant, lively wine with great table appeal; pair with prime rib. Exceptional. Cellar selection. Voted #1 Cabernet Sauvignon in 2013 World Wine Championship. Gold Medal.

Beverage Testing Institute


2010 MARTIN ESTATE Collector’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon -- This was classic Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, its aroma and flavor exceptionally expressive, its finish just as exceptionally long. I liked the lift of the wine’s fruit, but was really taken with its thread of herbalness.

Michael Dunne,
Sacramento Bee


2010 BACCHANAL -- Dark forest aromas lead with tree bark, candied violets and cassis rounding out the nose. Tangy entry and light easy flavors follow through to the finish. An age worthy red, give this some time to really shine. Highly recommended. Cellar Selection.

Beverage Testing Institute


MartinEstate 2009 Cab Sauv

2009 MARTIN ESTATE RESERVE -- Deep garnet black color. Rich dense aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries, anise cookie, creme brulee, herbs, and spicy carrot cake with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, nuanced finish with oak spice, pepper and tannins masterfully integrated. Cellar Selection, 95 points

BTI WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIP: Gold Metal.

Beverage Testing Institute


2009 MARTIN ESTATE RESERVE -- Lovely. Lush. Deep. Three words that popped out from my tasting notes. Another stellar Napa example of a hallmark Cab. $135 but so worth it. Age this one. Thank me in 2025, and remember to please have horseradish on the ready with that seared lamb when we pop it open together.

Clinton Stark,
The Stark Insider


2009 BACCHANAL -- A big red blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine opens with aromas of dark cherry, plum and dark berries with notes of leather and cocoa. On the palate expect flavors of dark cherry, raspberry and plum with lots of dark spice and hints of white pepper. The tannins are well defined and notes of espresso add complexity to the finish. Rating 90 points.

Roger L. Beery II
Bacchus and Beery Wine Blog


2009 BACCHANAL -- Aromas of waxy honeycomb, toasted graham cracker, cocoa, dried berries and peppers with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, cassis, spice and honeyed nut accented finish. Nice Old World character with a rich core of fruit. 92 points

BTI WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIP: Gold Metal.

Beverage Testing Institute


MartinEstate 2008 Cab Sauv

2008 MARTIN ESTATE Collector's Reserve - Deep garnet color. Rich milk chocolate covered cassis and nuts, vanilla mint fudge, peppery spice with a hint of seared pork fat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and long, silky peppercorn, peach-apple pie, and flower patch accented finish. A classic Napa cab with a unique twist. 94 points (Exceptional)

2012 WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Gold Medal.

Beverage Testing Institute


2008 MARTIN ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon is classic Rutherford - ripe without being ponderous with clean acids and long-coating fruit tannins.

Rhett Gadke, Wine Director
Bounty Hunter Rare Wines


2008 BACCHANAL - Aromas of cherry, red currant, and cedar. Full mouth feel with red cherry and cassis notes, finely structured tannins and a long, rich finish. Delicious. Grilled rib eye. Fully mature, serve now.

Santé Magazine
Winter 2011/2012


2008 BACCHANAL -- Reserved aromas of cedar, cocoa, and anise cookie and creme brulee with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate pencil shaving and earth accented finish. A reserved, elegant, Pauillac-like table wine that with shine with food. Cellar Selection, 92 points (Exceptional)

WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Gold Medal.

BTI World Wine Championships


2008 MARTIN ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon. Grilled pepper and fennel and boysenberry pie aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smoky cedar, pomegranate, praline, olive, peppercorn and earth finish. A lively, precise Old World styled table wine. 93 points (Exceptional)

WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Gold Medal

BTI World Wine Championships


MartinEstate 2007 Cab Sauv

2007 MARTIN ESTATE RESERVE - The nose is a perfume of cherry, red fruit and plum, with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, cigar box and dark fruits. Supple tannins. Long, sweet finish. This is a serious wine; complex and perfectly balanced. Finest cuts of meat, fully mature, serve now.

Wine of exceptional merit, SANTE GOLD STAR

Santé Magazine


The 2007 MARTIN ESTATE RESERVE is a deeply fruity, classically Rutherford Cabernet, with intense aromas of darkly ripe cherry, blackberry and sweet pomegranate and lots of complex baking spice, humidor and terroir scents. It is juicy-rich, but beautifully focused on the palate, and hides 5-10 years of tannic backbone beneath a lingering wave of sweet cherry, pomegranate, earth, vanilla and tobacconist-shop spice flavors. A big wine, much like a great 60s era BV Reserve, it should ultimately prove a classic Rutherford Cab, if permitted the cellar time.

Don Gillette
Napa Valley Winery Exchange


2007 MARTIN ESTATE Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon -- Deep violet ruby color. Aromas of dark berry tart, vanilla, peppery spice and delicate herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with a tangy blackberry, toasty nut and mineral accented finish with firm, penetrating tannins. A rich, structured red that will improve greatly with age. Cellar Selection, 91 points.

Beverage Testing Institute
(tasted on March 3, 2011)


2007 MARTIN ESTATE Reserve: Double Gold Award

2011 American Fine Wine Competition


2007 Bacchanal - Garnet violet color. Rich, pure dried black raspberry and blueberry aromas with a supple, plush dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, generous and tangy berry, cocoa, and nut finish with graceful tannins. A sensationally vibrant, delicious and elegant Cabernet. Serve with filet mignon... (95 points)

Beverage Testing Institute
(tasted on October 14, 2010)

The 2007 MARTIN ESTATE Gold Late Harvest is a brilliant dessert wine, which is carefully selected on an almost cluster-by-cluster basis, but the results speak for themselves. Very sweet and pure, with honey, apricot jam, pineapple crème brûlée and vanilla custard flavors. Utterly delicious. (94 points)

The Wine Enthusiast

MartinEstate 2006 Cab Sauv

If you are looking for a special wine for your Thanksgiving feast, the 2006 MARTIN ESTATE Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon will definitely bring a sense of occasion to your meal. The 2006 MARTIN ESTATE Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep red hue that invites you to taste. There are intense aromas of spice, berries and a hint of smokiness. This wine is quite elegant on the palate, (with) a hint of sweetness, intense flavors of cherry and other berries, (and) hints of smoke and mocha. There are no harsh tannins, producing a wonderfully smooth wine.

Rebecca Arnn
Sacramento Wine Examiner

2006 MARTIN ESTATE Reserve - Very deep garnet black color. Dense aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, chocolate graham cookie, and floral honey. Rich and satiny, this wine has complex layers of marinated olives, earth, and Asian spice underneath. A hedonistic, table tuned delight. 94 points. (Exceptional - Gold Medal)

BTI World Wine Championships 2010


2006 MARTIN ESTATE Collector's Reserve tastes young and jammy now, with perky, tartly sweet flavors of blackberries, cherries and currants. Oak adds smoky complexities that bring to mind mocha, vanilla and buttered toast, with a sprinkle of cinnamon... (91 points)

The WineEnthusiast


2006 MARTIN ESTATE Reserve: Double Gold Award

2010 American Fine Wine Competition


"Every visit I make to MARTIN ESTATE calls back memories of the classic French chateaux of Bordeaux. MARTIN ESTATE's single vineyard, estate grown Cabernet Sauvignons show an unparalleled structure and refinement and are redolent with spicy fruit, classic vanilla, violet and tobacco aromas. With their seamlessly integrated tannins and long, lingering finish, they are exceptionally elegant Napa Valley Cabernets and uniquely representative of their Rutherford pedigree."

Gilles de Chambure, MS, Director of Wine Education
Meadowood, St. Helena, Napa Valley

2006 Bacchanal - Deep purple color. Aromas of exotic peppercorns, eucalyptus, Asian spices, roasted soy beans, and melted toffee follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with tangy berry fruit, tobacco and roasted nut flavors. Finishes in a long, juicy, mocha and peppery spice fade with chewy, balanced tannins. A delicious, balanced wine for sipping or paired with grilled pork or veal chops... (95 points)

BTI World Wine Championships 2010


2006 Bacchanal Cabernet Sauvignon: Double Gold Award

2010 American Fine Wine Competition

MartinEstate 2005 Cab Sauv

"Heaven from here is a move down." The words of one (WSJwine) critic after visiting this Napa estate. You can be sure he tried this rich, complex Cabernet. The 2005 BACCHANAL was selected by Hugh Johnson for the Wall Street Journal Wine Luxury Dozen with the following tasting notes: "Bordeaux Graves-y nose, touch of grass and iron. Cool. Palate is complex, slightly earthy, dry finish. Very young. Elegant and long."

Hugh Johnson
Wall Street Journal Wine

2005 MARTIN ESTATE Collector's Reserve: "Very interesting nose of bold currant, camphor, herbal notes, and a hint of smoky mesquite and flavors of black cherry, salted brined olives, chocolate mint, smoke and leather; potent alcohol is balanced by a full body and high tannins that are chewy yet velvety. Unique and complex. Rack of lamb or lamb shank."

The Reviewer's Choice
Santé Magazine's
2010 Buying Guide

2005 MARTIN ESTATE Reserve: ...wild strawberry aromas follow through on a rich, super smooth entry to a dry-yet-fruity full body with incredible depth and a rich, very long, seamless finish... (94 points)

BTI World Wine Championships

"This truly hedonistic new creation is 'divinely' inspired and insanely tasty for a wine available for such a down-to-earth price tag. BACCHANAL reminds us of everything we love about Napa Cabernet: big, bold, luscious fruit that is sumptuous now but promises to reveal even more grandeur for anyone patient enough to cellar 2 to 3 years. This wine, estate grown, produced and bottled at MARTIN ESTATE possesses extremely well balanced tannins perfectly woven into an array of rich dark fruit including blackberry, plums, and figs. This noble creation possesses an opulence reminiscent of a fine $100+ Napa red while delivering on power and finesse."

Hal Oates, President
PORTHOS The Wine Insiders, San Rafael

"A few weeks back my staff and I were treated to the 2005 BACCHANAL. This wine is all estate fruit from MARTIN ESTATE located in Rutherford. BACCHANAL is big, rich, jammy, with plenty of great fruit, good balance and acidity. With a very elegant, silky lingering finish."

Neil Aldorothy, Proprietor
55 Degrees, St.Helena

MartinEstate 2004 Cab Sauv

"Like top-drawer Rutherford Cabernet? Look no further. This gem from MARTIN ESTATE – a boutique winery in heart of the district – is packed to the gills with purple fruit, cassis, spice and loamy "Rutherford dust". The Puerta Dorada Estate Vineyard has provided fruit for several benchmark Napa Valley producers over the years, and Greg and Petra Martin are using their agricultural asset to the highest degree for their own label. 2004 MARTIN ESTATE COLLECTOR'S RESERVE: taste for yourself."

Mark Steven Pope, Proprietor
Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Provisions, Napa

"It's not every day you can find a full-bore Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon for under $50.00. So when Greg Martin told us he was going to make a 'fun, easily accessible wine that will blow everybody away', we couldn't wait to taste it. He nailed it! Incredibly balanced, the 2004 BACCHANAL dances on the palate with rich, Rutherford fruit that is backed with extremely well integrated tannin. Thanks for making one of the best Rutherford Cabs in this price range!"

Kerrin Laz
Dean & Deluca

MartinEstate 2003 Cab Sauv

"The blockbuster 2003 MARTIN ESTATE possesses extremely well balanced tannins perfectly woven into an array of dark fruit blackberry, plums, and figs. This noble creation possesses a restrained elegance reminiscent of a fine $100+ Bordeaux while delivering on power and finesse .

This tightly woven gem requires a full 2 hours of decanting before revealing its luster of complex, spicy fruit, white pepper and a hint of black olive tapenade on the sultry finish. Age-worthy and masterful, the Martin Estate 2003 will continue to thrill for the next decade, peaking around 2012 in our estimate.

Our #1 pick for an age-worthy, elegant Bordeaux-style blend."

Hal Oates, President
PORTHOS The Wine Insiders, San Rafael

"The outstanding 2003 MARTIN ESTATE Cabernet is darkly fruity and classically "Rutherford" to the nose, which offers blackberry, blueberry, Cassis, vanilla and earth, with background hints of rose and bell pepper and a general impression of juicy ripeness. It is very plush on the palate, covering a firm tannic spine in a bath of fruit. The finish is extremely long and deep and just beginning to show how attractive it could become. With airing, the flavors veer toward red currant and red cherry, but retain the classic terroir of the appellation. It is already delicious, but expect it to get even better over the next three years and beyond."

"The 2003 Collectors Reserve is brightly fruity, floral and big scale all the way. The nose of this finely structured Cab offers red cherry, red currant, crushed red rose petal, toast, vanilla and earth in a tight and focused package. It is initially firm and tannic on the palate, with a strong oaky cast and lots of earth; but airing brings out the brilliant fruit, along with a wonderful sense of grace and polish, without any loss of focus or intensity. Ultimately the fruit fully dominates, as red currant, red cherry, vanilla and mineral elements fan out through the finish. This should be a brilliant Cab in three years, but don't be surprised if it continues to evolve and improve well beyond that. 350 cases produced."

Don Gillette
Napa Valley Winery Exchange, San Francisco


"A single-vineyard, single clone selection, the 2003 MARTIN ESTATE Collectors Reserve is textbook Rutherford. Concerned more about ripe fruit in the context of elegance (rather than a palate assault), this is redolent of dusty red berries, black licorice, mint and spice. As it opens in the glass, you can feel its power rumbling to life."

Mark Steven Pope, Proprietor
Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Provisions, Napa

"When we first opened the 2003 Martin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, we picked up menthol, tar, truffle and a little earthiness on the nose, and after a little while a slight hint of clove. Awesome black/purple inky color and great tannins that soon softened up even more. On the palate, a light mocha with a lingering spicy finish, which after about one hour changed to more of a rich dark chocolate, playfully embracing the deep fruit. Decanting highly recommended. Will easily age and beautifully so."

Ron Miranda and Charlie Bean, Proprietors
BACCHUS Wine Made Simple, Manhattan Beach

"MARTIN ESTATE 2003 Collector's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: a lovely olfactory experience, this offering allows for expressions of all manner of exceptional fruit -- cherries, blackberries, even blueberries. There's a hint of mint on the fruity nose and a lush, long finish. Only 300 cases produced of this winning wine."

L. Pierce Carson
Napa Valley Register

"This is one of the best wines I have tasted in years! I took a bottle of 2003 MARTIN ESTATE home which I tasted daily for the next five days. To my surprise, this wine got better and better as time progressed. My initial observation was "WOW", a stellar Rutherford Dust wine, but two days later it was more "WOW". This wine is loaded from nose to finish with concentrated, well-balanced black-stone fruit that is very elegantly manicured into a museum-piece-like-painting that you cannot get enough of... The wine is powerful, yet elegant, loaded with non-overbearing fruit. It has alcohol, but does not taste alcoholic. A must have in your cellar! "

Frank Melis, Proprietor
Golden Gate Wine Cellars, San Francisco

MartinEstate 2002 Cab Sauv

"The powerful fruit forward MARTIN ESTATE Reserve 2002 shows some mineral components as well as a cherry/violet bouquet that continuously evolves as the wine opens in the glass. More cocoa, caramel & toast will eventually show up along with black pepper, plum and cassis fragrances with a seamless integration of wood, tannin and acidity. Greg Martin has a clear idea about the potential of his vines and combined with the history of the Estate & the professionalism of his team, there is no doubt in my mind that this wine will soon become impossible to find..."

Rom Toulon, Sommelier
Meadowood, Napa Valley

"At first sniff I am reminded of a great cab from Provence - Domaine Trevaillon with enough age to be soft and supple, but more fruit then any Domaine in the South of France has been lucky enough to achieve. And again, the characteristic pencil lead of Pauillac consistent with the 2001 version, and the nose is encased in a buttery graham cracker crust.
The palate is true to the nose, but infinitely softer with the texture of chewy fudge;the fruit dominates on the palate with bushels of fresh bing cherries - the closest expression of this fruit I have ever seen in a wine - down to the long finish that is slow to fade."


Paul Einbund, Beverage Director
Frances, San Francisco

"I first tasted MARTIN ESTATE at the 2006 Premiere Napa Valley Barrel Tasting earlier this year. It stood out among the hundred or so wines I tasted there.
MARTIN ESTATE wines are the most pure expression of Rutherford terroir. The finish alone on these wines puts them into their own league. Both the ESTATE and the RESERVE have remarkable component balance. I can not believe these are their first releases. They will age well; I would encourage you to start a vertical NOW."


Bob Sprentall, Proprietor
B-21 Fine Wine and Spirits, Florida


"2002 MARTIN ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon - I loved the wine!
Powerful nose of blackberry, persimmon, earth, smoke and forest floor. Dark fruit flavors ... blackberry, black plum, currant and spice in an intriguing melange.
As the wine aired, it gained a jammy character that was very appealing. There is a long finish of primarily dark fruits. Truly delicious."


Denise Johnson, General Manager
Napa Valley Winery Exchange, San Francisco


"2002 MARTIN ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon shows beautifully balanced aromas of macerated sour cherry, dust (that famous Rutherford dust), and just a hint of smoky oak that makes this a wine perfect for any dinner table. The palate is fresh and lively with ripe Cabernet fruit and marvelous balancing acidity. I love the positive energy this wine exudes that makes you come back for another glass.
The 2002 MARTIN ESTATE RESERVE, made from specific clonal selections, has all the wonderful attributes of the regular bottling, but is quite richer on the palate. It shows more breadth and depth without showing more oak. It displays a markedly different balance, but still maintains the freshness of style from this new property."


Tim Mosher, Sommelier
Terra Restaurant, St. Helena, Napa Valley


"Perfection, sought by many but seldom realized, is clearly the intention of Greg Martin. In a few short years, he restored one of Napa Valley's most beautiful historic wineries to a level that rivals the finest Bordelaise Estates. This magnificent chateau is the home of one of Napa's most impeccable wines.
The 2002 MARTIN ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon is a Rutherford Cabernet unequaled in its sense of place. Aromas unfold with profound clarity to reveal a core of finely textured Black Tartarian Cherry fruit framed by an elegant structure of luscious tannins that deftly presents layer upon layer of exotic spice, texture and character... one of the finest Cabernets I have ever tasted."


Michael Blasquez, Wine Buyer
Oakville Grocery, Oakville, Napa Valley

MartinEstate 2002 Gold

"On April 12, 2007 a TV show for the Bravo network "FIRST CLASS ALL THE WAY" wanted us to do a food and wine pairing, so I got to pick some hard to find wines of great quality. We paired the 2002 MARTIN ESTATE GOLD with Seared Foie Gras with Mango. GOLD is not a Sauternes, but it comes as close as any American wine I have ever tasted. Martin makes the finest Napa Valley late harvest wine."

Scott Tracey, Sommelier
La Toque, Rutherford

"The 2002 MARTIN ESTATE GOLD opens with aromas of botrytis, apricot, apple, honey, and pear which repeat as flavors with the addition of lots of spice, and some citrus and with the botrytis at the end. Everything finishes broad and long. It has excellent acidity to balance the sweetness and is very well put together. Very Good. BEST WINE."

Harold Baer
The Colorado Wine News

"The 2002 Martin Gold is the finest desert wine I have tasted from California. Greg calls it his Little D'Yquem. There is no mistaking the botrytis here and the melange of complexity that it brings! Now that those 2001 Sauternes are either extinct or exorbitantly priced (and this will hang tight with them qualitatively) go for the Gold!"

Bob Sprentall, Proprietor
B-21 Fine Wine and Spirits, Florida


MartinEstate 2001 Cab Sauv

"The 2001 MARTIN ESTATE Reserve is delicious. It is really nice to find a producer in Napa Valley that truly lets the terroir express itself in a wine. The fruit is dark and luscious, with hints of earth and herbs. The fruits, earth and herbaceous qualities are all present, dancing on the palate and never overpowering each other. A great wine to me does not express one quality, such as fruit or oak. A truly great wine shows many layers of flavor, which MARTIN ESTATE Reserve shows in the purest form."

Mark Bright, Sommelier
Michael Mina Restaurant - San Francisco

"A wine reminiscent of the great 2000 Chateau Margaux...Giant amounts of cassis and rich ripe cherry, the oak is very much in balance and tastes rich and dark with a touch of creaminess. This wine will age beautifully for at least the next 15 years, and maybe much more."

Paul Einbund, Sommelier
Bacar, San Francisco

"What makes my job so incredible is that I am so proud to be the final person who gets to take all the hard work, dedication, and passion that is put into a bottle of wine to its final journey, where it is my passion to be able to present a fine wine to really cool people who appreciate it. 2001 MARTIN ESTATE is the best Cabernet that I have had in a long time!"

Tammy Ruesenberg, Sommelier
Olives - Bellagio, Las Vegas

"California Cabernet Sauvignon is without a doubt one of the world's greatest wines. Every year the California Cabernet Society creates a "Cabernet Heaven" by pulling together over 70 of the best producers in the state to pour their current releases. The overall quality level of the wines at this tasting is very high, making it difficult to select the winners. But at the end of the day there are some wines that are just more memorable. There is something about them that makes them stand out from the crowd, the cream of the top -- wines I could not forget:     2001 MARTIN ESTATE
The beautiful, striking label of this new winery certainly gets your attention and you are not disappointed upon tasting. The wine exhibits a spicy, fragrant nose, rich concentrated, full bodied flavors, with ripe tannin, licorice, smoke and red currant flavors. Great work from this exciting newcomer."


Pierre du Mont
Piedmont Post

"2001 MARTIN ESTATE is wild with blackberry/dark fruit, briar patch and vanilla, yet it doesn't overload the palate with jam. A very approachable wine now, this will last a few years. One of the most impressive wines I have tasted from 2001, MARTIN ESTATE RESERVE has a complex nose, dark and brooding with chocolate, cinnamon and earth. Full bodied, balanced and built for age, this wine will continue to develop with time."

Jim Marsh, Wine Director
City Hall Restaurant, New York

"2001 MARTIN ESTATE - Produced from a variety of individually fermented selections of multiple clones, this Estate grown Cabernet will be one to watch in upcoming vintages. A touch of herb in the nose leads to the satisfying aromas of black pepper, plum, lavender and anise. Great acid and the unmistakable Rutherford Dust. Much like Greg Martin, this property has eyes on the future, with one foot planted in the past."

Doug Wilder
Vinfolio, San Francisco

"MARTIN ESTATE... Like a well crafted suit of armor. Let us assure you, after tasting their current release (only their second commercial wine) and what they have stashed away in the barrel, they have the goods to put their mark on the business. Textbook Rutherford Cabernet...This is great stuff!"

Mark Steven Pope, Proprietor
Bounty Hunter Rare Wines & Provisions, Napa

"The 2005 Rutherford Dust Society trade tasting includes some of the more high-end wines in Napa, and offers a benchmark for each vintage of the valley's "Big Cabs". My favorite wines this year included MARTIN ESTATE CABERNET and RESERVE CABERNET. Although I often sort my wine impressions by price, the MARTIN ESTATE wines jumped out at this tasting in a way that made price irrelevant. 2001 MARTIN ESTATE RESERVE is an immensely complex wine that opens up into layers of flavor as it breathes. A beautiful wine. 2001 MARTIN ESTATE has a similar profile with slightly softer structure. Excellent and well structured."

Robert Rich
FlavorNotes

"Recently, at a special invitation-only tasting gathered Rutherford's appellation's finest wineries showing their latest releases. There among the pillars of Napa giants stood unknown and tiny, newcomer MARTIN ESTATE WINERY. Proving that good news travels fast in the wine industry, the room soon echoed the praises of the MARTIN ESTATE 2001 RESERVE CABERNET. It was clearly the best wine being poured at the event. A huge wine that immediately places MARTIN ESTATE among the top of California Cabernet producers."

David Chesterfield
Gold Medal Wine Club


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