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Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
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Wine Description

(From 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.

Winemaker's Notes

A late ripening concentrated the flavors while also assuring that the ying and yang of the fruit—the acid and sugar levels—were in perfect balance. The result is a rich, juicy Cab with an expressive nose of cassis and spice. Flavors of black cherry and cocoa dominate this silky wine, but there are also hints of eucalyptus and mint.

A late ripening concentrated the flavors while also assuring that the ying and yang of the fruit—the acid and sugar levels—were in perfect balance. The result is a rich, juicy Cab with an expressive nose of cassis and spice. Flavors of black cherry and cocoa dominate this silky wine, but there are also hints of eucalyptus and mint. The 2005 is 90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot filling out the remainder of the blend. Try this wine with br...

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    (From 2000 Vintage)