Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Labor Day weekend is one of the last times of the season we have to fire up the grill, head to the beach and celebrate America. And we wouldn’t be doing the weekend justice if we didn’t crack open a big old American wine, and nothing, we mean nothing, says America like a Cabernet from Napa.

Louis M. Martini has been making wine in the Napa Valley since the end of Prohibition in 1933, making it one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the valley. The Martini name is ingrained in American wine lore, so it’s only appropriate that we recommend popping a bottle of its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon this Labor Day.

In the glass the wine pours a deep, dark purple, giving off aromas of cassis, herbs, dark plums, and jam. On the palate the wine has medium-heavy tannins that pleasantly dry out your mouth combined with juicy black fruit. It’s a pleasing wine that would go very well with the burgers and hot dogs you’ll be throwing on the grill, though you might want to save it for the steak.

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