100% Cabernet Sauvignon The 2007 Briarcrest combines complex structure with elegant fruit and stellar varietal appeal, making it as much a cellar selection as a natural fit for today’s table. Inky ruby red in color, on the nose it shows complex aromas of cassis, blackberry essence, licorice and perfumed hints of lavender, with notes of cedar and brown spice. On the palate, the wine delivers complex yet elegant black fruit flavors and big, chewy tannins before a lengthy finish, wrapping it all up with velvety notes of dark chocolate, cigar box and espresso.
Alexander Valley wine region
The slender Alexander Valley AVA is located in the north-eastern corner of the Northern Sonoma wine region. Its warm inland climate is shielded from the coast by several mountain ranges, although it is marginally affected by fog caused by the Russian river. Just enough fog persists to cool down the grapes and help them maintain valuable acidity. The AVA's warm days and cool nights are a perfect recipe for growing quality wines. Most of the soils here are rich and fertile, requiring viticulturists to reduce yield in order to keep quality high, while a diversity of soil types allows a wide variety of grapes to flourish.
Alexander Valley winemakers are known for producing quality, value-for-money Cabernet Sauvignon in elegant, fruit-driven styles. The wines are less earthy than their Napa equivalents, but are still in the same league. Red grapes are predominantly grown, including Zinfandel and the Bordeaux varieties Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, but white varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and more ...
Wine & Spirits(2004 Vintage) Intense and concentrated, with a vibrant medley of dark fruits built around currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit that offers a unique flavor profile. Excellent acidity and firm, vibrant tannins on the finish. Still, the flavors are persistent. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2012.
Wine Buyer(2004 Vintage) A richly textured, smooth wine, Briarcrest offers thick blackberry, dark cherry and cassis flavors, harmonized with toasty oak, cedar, tobacco and chocolate aromas. Briarcrest is intense, big and fruity in its youth and can be bottle-aged up to 15 years, developing added smoothness and rich complexity. January 2010
Wine & Spirits(1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Wine Enthusiast(1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1999 Vintage) Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Aug-06