Divit’s Pick: 2012 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, $30

While I usually write about old world wines, I am going back to my homeland with my pick this month. While the regular Martini California Cabernet is a consistent best buy, this Alexander Valley Cab offers more weight, power and substance than the basic model. Nice red fruit aromatics are right up front in the glass with just a touch of oak in the background. I found the rich fruit in the mid palate to be very pure with blackberry cassis and some meaty, earthy, qualities as well. The soft tannins in the finish offer a nice balance. This was a perfect steak wine and a value considering the quality for the $$$. While most of my friends know I love Pinot Noir, my wife is a lover of Cabernet and she asked me to put a case of this in the cellar. Will do.