Louis M. Martini Winery

Cellar 254
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 153


Louis M. Martini Winery

Cellar 254

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

This wine is the culmination of over three generations of Napa Valley winemaking experience. Our goal is to understand and create one of the best Cabernets in the world, so in 2003 we created a small gravity-flow winery to be our combination “artist’s studio” and state-of-the-art laboratory. Cellar 254 allows us to work with small batches of grapes from some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley, blend them together, and create the most complete wine possible. Each of the components of this wine is a vineyard selection of the highest order, with vinification fit to that specific site. Our Premiere Napa Valley wine is a blend of these component parts, an expression of the distinctiveness of Napa’s many sub-appellations. This Napa Valley Cabernet blend was partially submerged cap fermented, held in the classic extended maceration on the skins (blended to show off its best features) and then aged in French oak.

Aging Process

This was aged in French Oak barrels starting in October of 2009.

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Michael Martini

Winemaker, Louis M. Martini Winery

Winemaker, Michael Martini

Michael Martini learned the subtle art of winemaking and grape growing firsthand while growing up at his family’s winery in the Napa Valley. During school holidays, Mike worked alongside his father, Louis P., and grandfather, Louis M., assisting with wine blending and tending to the vines on the family’s many vineyards, including the renowned Monte Rosso Vineyard.

Country born: United States

Education: Degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis.
Mike served as president of the Napa Valley Vintners’ Association, an organization his grandfather helped establish, and also served as president of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and the Trellis Alliance at U.C. Davis.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Under his father’s tutelage, Mike began to develop his own personal style as a winemaker, bringing balance and texture to his Cabernet Sauvignon blends. “My father’s wines are silk,” Mike says, “Mine are velvet.”

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: Our Premiere 254 “Special Selection” is a deep expression of Napa’s finest appellations. Our sense of exploration on this wine comes through seeking out and getting to know new vineyards.In the 2009 vintage, we had the privilege of working with fruit from Pritchard Hill, Stag’s Leap and Oakville. Searching for the best appellations within Napa and tasting new vineyards’ fruit each year, we get to experience the depth of flavor this valley has to offer, and all with the goal of blending the best Cabernet Sauvignon possible.

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