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.

94 Points
Tasting Panel
2019 vintage
92 Points
Jeb Dunnuck
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2019 harvest began before dawn on August 30 after a growing season that started with record rainfall during winter and ended with warm, even temperatures throughout summer. With few spikes in heat over the season, the vineyards had optimal conditions to develop full-flavored fruit with remarkable color and balanced acidity. Spring rains ended in time for good fruit set and the temperate summer allowed for long hang times and consistent, even ripening. The majority of the fruit was picked in September and the weather continued to cooperate as the days shortened. Warm breezy days, but no rain, took place in October and the last of the grapes were harvested before the end of the month. The 2019 season was generally cool which prolonged ripening resulting in strong quality wines.
Tasting Note
Pronounced notes of wild blackberry, cassis, dark chocolate and savory spices complete this full-bodied and aromatic wine.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with blue cheese, wild mushrooms and rib eye steak.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Alexander Valley
ABV: 14.7%
AGING: 20 Months, 100% French Oak, 55% New Oak
Unique Selling Points
  • Aged in 55% new French oak barrels, for 20 months

About the Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
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