Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: America / California / Alexander Valley

Alexander Valley is the source for the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, where the grapes are grown at high elevations on sloped hillsides with good drainage. This naturally puts an element of stress on the vines which creates small clusters, small berries and intensified flavors. The grapes were hand-sorted and underwent a five-day cold soak prior to fermentation to extract optimal color and flavor. After a long and slow fermentation, the wine was allowed to remain on its skins for an additional eight days to build structure and integrate tannins. The wine is then aged in 100% French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 20 months of aging.

93 Points

Ken's Wine

2018 vintage
94 Points

Tasting Panel

2017 vintage
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tasting note

This is a rich Cabernet with deep, layered aromas and concentrated flavors of dark cherry, plum, cocoa bean and dried sage. Firmly structured with dusty tannins and a long, lingering finish.

food pairing

Excellent with blue cheese, wild mushrooms and ribeye steak

points of distinction

  • Aged in 75% new French oak barrels, for 20 months
  • about the grape +
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β€œAn 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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