Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water. No wait, that isn't right. But it's close. I happened to come across an article the other day that said that FaceBook had become the main Social Media site for "OLDER" people. I finally get the hang of using the dang thing and now they tell me I should be using something else to attract those pesky Millennials. No offense meant.
Now I know what some of the other Social Media sites are; Snapchat (the closest I've come to that company was when I considered buying their stock when they went public a while back), then there's Instagram (my daughter uses that but I think it's mainly for sharing pictures), LinkedIn (I do have an account there and know it's primary use was/is for business interactions) and then there's Twitter. The favorite of our Commander in Chief. I always had a hard time with Twitter. I think it's the name or maybe by the name they use for messages; TWEETS! The closest thing I come to tweets was the Looney Toons star "Tweety Bird." Not sure what a bird has to do with social media, I've given a few of them in my day, but that was a different type of communications! Full disclosure, I do have a Twitter account.
What does all this have to do with this weeks "Wine of the Week?" Absolutely nothing!
Call it Monday morning brain fog (MMBF for you Millennials again). It could to Creative Restrictive Associative Plight (CRAP for short).
So now that I have all that out of the way, let's get to the real stuff.
Some time ago I received an email about a particularly interesting wine, one, in fact, that most of you have probably heard of. It was the 2014 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley. What made me stand up and take notice was that Robert Parker had rated the wine 97 Points. This from a wine selling under $30! They make a number of different Cabs from various locales, but I can't recall ever having the Alexander Valley. Can't let this one slip through my hands, so I pick some up. About two weeks later another shop happens to have a tasting of Martini wines and the Alexander Valley Cab is in the lineup. So off I go to see if the wine I purchased was as good as at least one reviewer says.
I did like the wine, but I didn't think it was worthy of 97 Points. Still, at under $30 a bottle for a nice Cab, it was a good purchase.
Now you're thinking that this is the "Wine of the Week." NOPE! Once again, you're asking me (I can hear all your voices), why am I telling you this story?
BECAUSE I was out this week and came across the same wine but from the 2015 vintage. That's this weeks "Wine of the Week."
Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2015
Before I begin my review (I know, OMG when am I ever going to get to the point), I have to say, I thought I had done a review on the 2014 vintage for my blog. I did search for it but came up empty. Another brain fog. Too bad. Comparisons make things a little easier for me.
As of yet, I have found no professional reviews for the wine. I did come across a couple non-pro reviews, most of them positive, a couple comparing it to the 2014 vintage. For my taste 2015 was an exceptional wine for the money, still under $30. I can also say that I much preferred 2015 to its predecessor. While 2014 may have been a tad more weighty, the flavor of 2015 showed more of the traditional Cabernet flavors that I like and enjoy. Tannins were nice but restrained, a good balance between all of the components and the finish was medium to long with, as I said, that slightly earthier finish.
If you go looking for this wine, just be aware that Martini makes a number of Cabs across different vineyards. The most popular being Sonoma and Napa. Sonoma being the least expensive and the Napa being priced around the same as the Alexander Valley and while I haven't had the recent (2015) Napa, it is usually a good bet as well.
So much for my Monday Morning rant and keep those cards and letters coming in. Wait, that's from something else as well. Darn!