Louis M. Martini Winery

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 33


Louis M. Martini Winery

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

20 cases produced


  • This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is made in the tradition of the iconic Martini Cabernet Sauvignons
  • Winemaker Michael Eddy pulled his favorite barrels from his favorite sites to make this wine
  • This is a big, powerful wine from three of Napa Valley’s best-known mountain areas: Stagecoach Vineyard, Howell Mountain and Mt. Veeder
  • A one-of-a-kind wine with black fruits, spice and mouth-watering tannins

Louis M. Martini Winery is a cornerstone of Napa Valley, offering an internationally acclaimed portfolio of Cabernet Sauvignon. Since 1933, the Martini family has played an integral role in establishing Napa Valley as one of the world’s finest wine regions, with each successive generation helping to set new standards in the vineyard and cellar. "I’ve been working with these sites for a while - Stagecoach for well over a decade - and am always amazed by the raw, dramatic power of the wines made from these three mountain sites," said winemaker Michael Eddy. "I pulled wine off my favorite barrel from Howell Mountain, my favorite barrel from Mt. Veeder and my favorite barrel from Stagecoach." This Cabernet Sauvignon is massive, rustic and wild. Dense black fruit and cassis characteristics frame the firm, bold tannins. The wine will benefit from additional time in barrel and will age gracefully in the bottle for years to come.

Michael Eddy

Winemaker, Louis M. Martini Winery

Winemaker, Michael Eddy

Michael Eddy, who grew up in Southern California, became fascinated by the process of transforming grapes into wine after brewing beer at home. "The complexity of wine has always intrigued me," explains Michael. "The idea of navigating all of the steps it takes to bring out different flavors in a wine really appeals to me."

As Director of North Coast Winemaking for E. & J. Gallo Winery, Michael oversees winemaking teams at the Gallo of Sonoma Winery, Louis M. Martini Winery and William Hill Estate Winery. He also collaborates on Gallo Signature Series, an acclaimed collection of wines crafted by third-generation family winemaker Gina Gallo.

Michael finds Gallo an exciting place to work, thanks to the tremendous resources available. "Winemaking is about choosing the right materials and using innovative techniques to achieve your vision, and Gallo affords an incredible array of resources and a broad range of tools," he says. The Winery's impressive estate vineyards, its historic Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, is Michael's favorite.

Michael earned his bachelor's degree in Biology from Humboldt State University in Northern California, later pursuing a master's degree in Food Science, specializing in oenology, at the University of California at Davis. After stints in winemaking at California's Trefethen Family Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard and Rodney Strong Vineyards, Michael joined Gallo in 2005 as an associate winemaker, initially focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Country born: USA

Education: B.S. in Biology- Humboldt State University
M.S. in Food Science- University of California at Davis

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I think I'd summarize it as this: Every choice you make in the vineyard and in the winery has an impact on how the wine ends up tasting in the glass. Every one of them. That ends up being thousands of choices (if not more). Some of the choices have a small impact and some of them have a large impact. The challenge for a winemaker is to pour the appropriate attention and effort into those choices that have the biggest impact. It requires mindful focus of effort and that often means choosing where NOT to place too much effort. There are only so many hours in a day and in a growing season.

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