For more years than I've been drinking wine Louis Martini cabernets have been solid, honest wines. The 2009 Sonoma County vintage is no different. The bright, fruity nose with some earth and spice to it matched up with flavors that were more in the red fruit profile than black fruit. Ripe red cherries and berries overlaid a darker base, but the base simply gave more substance to the wine. It never interfered with the bright flavors. Good acid and the right amount of tannin. The skies were clear, the grill was lit, steaks were on sale, and so it was beef and honest, red wine for dinner. Goof stuff and a straight forward wine.