(From 2005 Vintage) Good deep red-ruby. Dark berries, black cherry and licorice on the nose, with a less exaggerated oak element despite the fact that this was aged in 95% new American barrels. With laid-back flavors of currant, plum and tobacco leaf. Finishes with substantial, slightly dry tannins and good persistence.
The 1997 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a wine of great intensity. It has a dark ruby color and displays a nose of cassis, violets, unsweetened cocoa and roasting coffee. This wine is rich and extracted with a long, rich, fruity finish with a medium tannic grip. The 1997 will continue to improve through 2022 with proper cellaring.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSporting all of the flashy oak that has helped create its cult-wine status, this sweetly scented effort displays elements of cocoa, vanilla and toasted coconut as adjuncts to its central theme of black cherryish fruit. Fairly smooth and supple, the wine sets its fruit against unabashed oakiness in the mouth as well, and that fundamental impression of fruit stays the course and invites a half dozen years of cellaring.