Louis M. Martini Winery

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 33
Vintage: 2018

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 began his journey with Martini in 2005, spending more than a decade honing his skills under the tutelage of Michael Martini, grandson of founder Louis M. Martini. His focus on Cabernet Sauvignon has helped him flourish as a Cabernet Sauvignon craftsman. As the fourth winemaker in Martini history, he continues the winery’s nearly 90-year legacy of superior craftsmanship in the cellar.

Inspired by Louis M. Martini’s passion for selecting mountain vineyards and second-generation winemaker Louis P. Martini’s innovations in the vineyard and cellar, Michael skillfully crafts a portfolio of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that celebrates terroir and illustrates the personalities and stylistic differences of the variety. During his tenure, Martini wines have been consistently praised by some of the world’s most renowned critics. He attributes the winery’s success to the Martini family’s profound knowledge of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Michael grew up in Southern California and earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Humboldt State University. He later pursued a master’s degree in Food Science, specializing in enology, at the University of California at Davis. Prior to joining Martini, Michael’s background in winemaking included positions at Trefethen Family Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyard and Rodney Strong Vineyards.

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: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
“As only the fourth winemaker in the history of the Louis M. Martini Winery, my goal is to uphold the Martini family’s passion and winemaking standards that continues to span generations. I am not trying to recreate the wines of the past. Rather, I harness our storied legacy as inspiration to give meaning to what we do as we create Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for today.
Every choice made 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. Building upon the vision and knowledge of our founders, my philosophy is to exercise mindful focus and exert appropriate attention and effort in the cellar to unveil the standout qualities of Cabernet and craft a collection of Napa Valley Cabernet that celebrates this great variety and the terroir where it is grown.”

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