This is a creamy, earthy, perfumed Cabernet with the sweetness of Sonoma County but the structure and power of Napa Valley. It stuck us as an incredibly well-made wine, with not a seam to be found. "A wine of considerable stature, gravitas, intensity and full-bodied power, it is muscular, backward and somewhat primordial, this wine needs a good 1-2 more years bottle age and should last for 25-30 years." – The Wine Advocate
It's hard to fathom how Emmanuel Goldstein and his business partner Benjamin Dreyfus managed to plant what is now known as Monte Rosso Vineyard, back in 1886. Without backhoes, pile-drivers, or any kind of machinery, they installed over 130 acres of vines on steep, rocky red slopes. Just a few years later, a 20,000 case winery, known as Mount Pisgah, was open and humming along. Crippled by Prohibition, but still selling grapes, by 1938, Goldstein's heirs were eager to sell the vineyard and abandoned winery. Along came Louis M. Martini — who refused to lose his favorite grape source to a competitor — and the rest is history. He purchased and re-named the vineyard "Monte Rosso," for its iron-rich soils, created when Mt. Veeder erupted many millennia ago. This storied vineyard is riddled with ancient vines, which have cranked out so many great wines over the years for Ravenswood, T-Vine, Biale, and Bedrock, not to mention Louis Martini. Today a new brand has been created by Monte Rosso's owners to pay tribute to the original winery, Mount Pisgah, and create a way to showcase the greatness of Monte Rosso. Pisgah is Hebrew for Peak, and therefore the new winery is known as Mount Peak.