(2011 Vintage) In the late 1960s the Wetzel Family bottled a few cases of Cabernet Sauvignon for friends and family, inspiring the vision for our estate winery, Alexander Valley Vineyards. In 1975 we produced our first vintage using the family’s bonded estate label and since then it has been a crowd favorite with supple tannins, well balanced fruit and a hint of spice. A wet winter and spring delayed bloom, then heavy rain at bloom hindered the fruit set decreasing the grape yields dramatically. A cool summer prolonged the growing season and harvest started later than usual. The overall effect was great flavor development at lower than normal sugar levels resulting in balanced wines at lower alcohol levels. After fermentation the wine was barrel aged for 14 months in a combination of 25% new French and American oak. The Cabernet Sauvignon has a soft, silky tannin structure with a delicate mouthfeel. To balance those soft, silky tannins, Winemaker Kevin Hall added 8% Merlot for structure, as well as 1% each Malbec and Petit Verdot for color and 1% Cabernet Franc for a floral quality.
Wine Enthusiast(2000 Vintage)