Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

What a happy day! Our son, Tony, is home from his 8-month travels in South America. He arrived home very late last night. I was sleeping but woke up at around 1:30 a.m. and got up out of bed to see if he was home. I crept silently downstairs and saw two pairs of flip-flops by the front door. No sign of life on the main floor. Then, I went down to the basement to find both of our sons downstairs together. How wonderful! They were “hanging.” So, Tony is home and he has found a job and a place to live for the summer. I assume this is just a stop before his next adventure.

I chose this Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 for our cocktail hour. This is a superb California Cabernet. The predominant flavor is raspberries. It is on the nose and on the palate and even on the finish. . .however, in addition to the berries, this is a particularly balanced wine — fruity, yes; but also silky and full bodied. I believe for the first time in our married life, we are not going to have dinner because we had a sandwich on the way home from a trip “up north.” Neither one of us is hungry, so I think we’re just going to skip dinner. If I had to choose a meal to accompany this wine, it would be spaghetti and meatballs! Cheers!

Tom: This Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is an interestingly different cabernet: its taste is red fruit, medium body, fairly tannic, and with a hint of sweetness. We often write about “big” reds, but this isn’t big; it’s ‘medium-sized,’ but in a pleasant way. It’s a fun, tasty, sipping wine that’s been pretty perfect for our cocktail hour.

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