Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region: America / California / Alexander Valley
Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit for the Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is grown at high elevations on sloped hillsides with good drainage. Climbing as high as 1400 feet along the sun-drenched, western-facing slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, the fruit sits well above the fog line. Naturally protected from the wind, dry hot days combine with bracingly cold nights which puts an element of stress on the vines resulting in small clusters, small berries and intensified flavors. The grapes were hand-sorted and underwent a two-day cold soak prior to fermentation to extract optimal color and flavor. After primary fermentation, the wine was then aged in French oak barrels, 75% new, where it underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 20 months of aging.

90 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2015 vintage
92 Points

Wine & Spirits

2015 vintage
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harvest note

2015 brought an early and light harvest that began on August 10, the earliest date in St. Francis’ history. The year started out very warm and dry but then cool, damp weather in May hampered fruit set. Though the result was smaller, looser clusters on the vine, the warm and consistent summer that followed produced high quality fruit with exceptional aromatics and concentrated flavors.

tasting note

Rich and full-bodied this Cabernet delivers layered aromas of black licorice, vanilla bean, sweet tobacco and graham cracker followed by concentrated flavors of dark Bing cherry, wild berry compote and allspice. Structured yet silky on the palate, the finish is lengthy and vibrant.

food pairing

Excellent with blue cheese, wild mushrooms and ribeye steak.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Alexander Valley
PH: 3.50
ACIDITY: 0.53 g/l
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 20 Months, 100% French Oak

points of distinction

  • Aged in 100% French oak barrels (75% new) for 20 months
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“An excellent expression of mountain Cabernet from Alexander Valley, this wine showcases great concentration of color, dark fruit aromas and a rich texture that reflects the vineyard from which the fruit is grown. Situated high above the fog line along the Western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, this Cabernet develops at a slow, steady pace which allows for full development of aromas, flavors while creating balanced acidities.”

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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