2002 MONTE ROSSO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 1.5L
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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.
91 points: "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