(2005 Vintage) This full-bodied, stylish cabernet from Napa (61 percent) and Sonoma (39 percent) offers pure and intense black cherry and black currant with a distinct Napa style predominating. It's reasonably complex and well-structured and will benefit from age, but can be enjoyed young.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) Vinted by Louis M. Martini. This new entry from the Gallo family of wineries carries the Martini name on the bottom line and is said to be from the former Martini vineyards. It earns plaudits for its youthful energy and mid-density fruit, and if a bit firm as it ends, it is not out of keeping with the styling we see in the lower-priced wines from Bordeaux reviewed elsewhere in this Issue. Enjoyable now with steaks and chops, it has the structure to grow with several years of cellaring.