The rich history of California’s Louis M. Martini including a vertical tasting


Louis M. Martini
The iconic Monte Rosso Barn at Monte Rosso Vineyards. Credit: Gallo

‘I don’t put much stock in these wines you buy and wait 20 years to drink. I don’t buy them to wait 20 years; I buy them to drink now.’ This quote from Louis P. Martini appeared in Robert Benson’s 1977 book Great Winemakers of California.

Louis P. would have been bemused and perhaps proud to know that I discovered this quote after drinking some of the wines he had made not 20 but nearly 60 years after bottling.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores from a Louis M. Martini vertical tasting