The dark garnet color is a prologue to the procession of blackberry and black cherries in both the bouquet and palate. Forest floor and tea-like aromas, typical of Alexander Valley Cabernet, are also present. The oak is in the background, which allows the elegance and character of the region to shine through. The palate delivers gobs of lush, concentrated blackberry and vanilla flavors framed by moderate tannins. Overall, our 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet has lower alcohol and more finesse than the two previous warmer vintages. ~ Mark R. Lyon, Winemaker
After a three-day cold soak, we crushed and fermented the grapes at relatively warm temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Tannin concentration was high, so we pressed earlier than normal. After pressing, each lot was blended or egg-white fined depending on flavor, color and tannin concentration. The wine was aged for 15 months, primarily in new and used French oak barrels. A small percentage went into Hungarian and American oak. Portions of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot were added during the first assemblage in spring of 2010 for balance, aromatics and flavor. A rigorous selection resulted in half the production of the previous year. Cooperage: 15 months in new and one-year-old French oak with a small amount of Hungarian and American oak.
Wine Enthusiast“Soft and luscious, this has just enough tannin and acidity to give structure to the delicious black-cherry, cocoa and bacon flavors. Drink now.”