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Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

  Above the Alexander Valley floor looms our mountainside estate. The small intensely flavored berries resulting from our rocky soils and western sundrenched slopes make up 76% of this wine. We have planted all five Bordeaux varietals to guarantee the broadest possible flavor palate to blend from.

Following hand-harvesting, the grapes were de-stemmed only (whole berries). Fermentations were conducted in a combination of open-top vessels with a punch-down device and closed tanks with gentle cap irrigators. Several types of yeast were used for both inoculated and uninoculated fermenting. Most lots were pressed directly to barrel, and malolactic fermentations finished in barrel. Post-fermentation, selected lots received extended maceration for further phenolic development. After one year, the wines were racked and returned to barrel for an additional year of aging.

Tasting Notes
Focused cassis, blackberry and plum are complimented with abundant spice. Clove, allspice, vanilla, nutmeg and a hint of mint. Finely knit together and rich, while having sufficient tannin backbone for aging. This wine will be delicious for well over a decade.

1,089 cases produced
Alcohol content, 14.7% by volume

Wine & Spirits

"Elegant and complete, this is a well made wine from a light vintage, its initial cherry skin scents coming off bold, its texture supple, its overall impression compact and complete. There’s a cherry juiciness that lasts, along with a ripe figgy flavor and hard tannins."

Wine Spectator

"A jazzy style, with spicy, toasty oak leading to a core of currant, plum and anise flavors, unfolding to reveal a mineral, spice and cedar side on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2008." 91 score.

Restaurant Wine

"The Alexander is suppler and fruitier, yet has excellent character and balance; the Napa Valley bottling is richer but a bit more rugged in style. Both will benefit from further aging."

Quarterly Review of Wines

"California Best of the Best. Medium ruby color; intense, ripe-blackberry nose; rich, succulent, medium-weight, blackberry and oak-vanillin flavors; nice lush texture; excellent balance, round, stylish finish." Excellent.