Lot No. 1 is Louis Martini’s top end bottling, with grapes sourced from a variety of parcels in Napa Valley. At a whopping 15.7% alcohol, it can easily be mistaken for fortified wine, so if an unctuous, ink-black experience isn’t what you’re after, give this one a pass.
The wine is bursting with fruit — and it’s quite sweet — loaded with currants, blackberry, and milk chocolate notes. Fresh vanilla bean is a curious foil for pipe tobacco, with more of a red fruit character — like a rhubarb-apple tart — lingering on the finish. The alcohol is vivid and present, particularly on the racy finish, so tread lightly amidst the overall opulence of the experience.
A / $175 / louismartini.com