Martellotto Wines

2018 ‘La Bomba’ Happy Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

California: Santa Barbara County: Happy Canyon

Offer Expired:Mar 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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Mission Briefing


Bomb Diggity

“Either give me more wine or leave me alone”  - Rumi

MOAR CABERNET! We hear you, loud and clear! If you’ve been waiting for a serious Cabernet at a very unserious price, look no further! Today’s “la bomba” Cabernet drops a depth charge of expansive fruit straight on your noggin. For an eye-popping price - half off, naturally, because we love you.

Happy Canyon AVA in Santa Barbera has been a hotbed for sensational values in recent years and this is a perfect example. Factor in winemaker Michael Roth, who spent the early part of his career under the wing of Nils Venge and Mike Grgich, and then layer on a 50% discount, and you have a recipe for success.

So…the wine. A STAMPEDE of dark, jammy, ripe fruit packed into a fabulously dense core! Blackberry jam and black cherry for days. There’s vanilla cola and chocolate wrapped cherries with a hint of smoke and peppery spice, too. One thing’s for sure - it’ll light up your brain’s pleasure center like Clark Griswold’s house at Christmas. Worth mentioning the wine spent time in a mix of used American and French oak, an interesting combo which layers extra complexity without overpowering the fruit.

Drink this with abandon any given night of the week, while you wait for your other big gun reds to settle down. You gotta move NOW because Cab has been flying lately!

Tasting Profile


Stare into the abyss. This dense Cab looks like you’re staring into a black hole with an event horizon that bleeds crimson.


The nose immediately grabs your attention with a spicy introduction of black pepper. There’s a wonderful garden herb component accompanied by dark fruit black plum.


The palate is powerful with blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, allspice, and pipe tobacco.


Easy to see why it’s called “The Bomb” - It’s a well-balanced forceful wine with fruit, tannin and alcohol singing perfect counterpoints.


For such a big wine, it would actually be quite the chameleon. Could go with a rack of lamb, or a roasted chicken.

What the Winery Says

Michael Roth
79% Cabernet
10% Merlot
6% Malbec
5% Cabernet Franc
Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara
Once and twice used French & American oak barrels
Sandy Loam

About the Winery

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