(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.
winemaker's notes: The 2005 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon beautifully expresses the full aromatic ripeness of this exemplary vintage. It is full bodied and yet refined, and consistent in its color, aroma, palate and finish. It has a dark garnet color and a nose of black cherry, clove, cinnamon, lavender and licorice. It is seamless on the palate with a solid core of berry fruit, velvety tannins and excellent length. With proper cellaring it should give drinking pleasure through 2032. critical acclaim: "A classic Alexander Valley cabernet, this is dark and cedary, and as smooth as velvet. The tannins last, built on black cherry-skin flavor and earthy, root-vegetable notes. With time, that black cherry flavor should become more prominent, balancing the wines earthy complexities. Drink this over the next several years with anything meaty, from duck and game birds to steak." 92 Points Wine & Spirits
28/8/10 delicious!! decanted for 2 hours. soft tannins rich and fruity with a lingering finish. ..at least a few minutes, (? dark plum ) smooth, mature and hedonistic. will get more of this Gerry paquette likes it.(keep one for him).
nose: bright, fresh smoky cherries; herbaciousness and white pepper. balanced tannins, well integrated. vast and well- built. Cadillac of wines.
Gift from Ken, rich, full, no sharp edges, Earthy, nice bouquet, sandlewood, smooth tannins,
Only have one...word is let it sit. Thinking 2017 may be perfect
good-needs to breathe probably but $69 at the bar isn't bad!
it was just great.
honeymoon wine with Liz
very smooth very earthy
west liked it
Wine Advocate(1983 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 89 on Oct-93
Wine Spectator(1983 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/87
International Wine Cellar(1999 Vintage) Rating: 89-92 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 102, May/June 2002. (with 8% cabernet franc, 6% merlot and 3% petit verdot) Rich, full nose combines roasted currant, cedar, spice box, chocolate mint, coconut and smoky oak, along with a lightly leafy quality. The lushest and fullest wine of this tasting, with the most harmonious combination of fruit and acidity. Dense but firm and nicely delineated. Finishes with fine, spreading tannins that coat the mouth and teeth.
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage)