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Martin Estate, Caymus's next door neighbor is limited to what the vineyard yields, and the wine's intensity mirrors its terroir. Inside the stone chateau, the state-of-the-art winery features the most advanced custom made equipment available, unsurpassed by any other small producer in the Napa Valley, from French cement Nomblot tanks and LeJeune fermenters, to oak fermentation tanks by Radoux, and an Italian made basket press used for the gentle extraction of grape juice. All wines are aged in French oak barrels selected by Martin Estate's award winning winemaker Aaron Pott..
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- Tasting Notes: Ruby garnet black color. Bright aromas and flavors of baked berries, dark chocolate, and peppery spices with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, buoyant finish with notes of cedar, caramel cream, cracked pepper, and tomato-cherry chutney with fine tannins. A robust, spicy Cabernet.
- Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
- Appellation: Rutherford, Napa, California
- Varietal: Proprietary Red Blend
- Vintage: 2012
- Produced and bottled by Martin Estate, Rutherford, Napa Valley. Aged in 100% French oak. Selective picking by hand ensured maximum flavor and desired ripeness in each lot.
Aaron Pott, Winemaker, "Martin Estate excites me because it is the embodiment of what I love in wine. It is an Estate vineyard in one extraordinary location with a winery on site. It is a wine that is a pure expression of a unique terroir of rocky alluvial bench land. The idea is transparent: a seamless transition from land to vine to glass thus bringing to life an historic site for the pleasure of all. It is the best of the Old World blended with the best of the New World; it makes me feel good when I walk into the cellar. In the immortal words of James Brown, it has "Soul". We make beautiful wines, which will be adored not adorned." Aaron Pott's expertise and passion for creating world class wines makes him the perfect match for Martin Estate. Called "The Mouth behind some of Napa's Best Wines" by the Wall Street Journal, and named a "2012 Winemaker of the Year" by Food & Wine Magazine, Aaron Pott holds a degree of oenology from the University of California, Davis. He completed his education with a Master’s Degree in Viticulture from the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France, thereafter taking the position of assistant winemaker with his mentor John Kongsgaard. Aaron then became winemaker at Château Troplong Mondot in St. Emilion, and of Château La Tour Figeac. He worked for nearly six years in France before returning to the Napa Valley, where he had the pleasure to work with French winemakers Jean-Louis Mandrau, formerly of Château Latour and André Porcheret, whose résumé included the Hospice de Beaune, and Domaine Leroy. Aaron Pott shares the Martin Family's vision of making a terroir driven wine that is not a cookie-cutter Cabernet, but a reflection of the historic property where it was grown. In order to understandterroir, and let it shine through in a wine, one has to be able to sense and recognize it. This sensitivity is in danger of becoming extinct in a world of increasing mega wineries and formulaic wines, but is still embraced by the few that enjoy making and/or drinking a wine with personality.
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