2017 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
40% New & 60% 1 year old American Oak
Extremely fragrant notes of sweet black plum, warm baking spices, and cassis are balanced by a hint of espresso. Ripe black plum and black raspberry Cabernet spices work together and provide a lush, fruit-forward, yet balanced palate. The finish is silky, lingering, and even, with hints of structure that will aid in aging.
Record breaking winter rainfall kicked off the season, replenishing soils and ponds. A pleasant spring brought bud break at the normal time, and we welcomed small berries with excellent color. A hot summer came to a peak on Labor Day weekend but our grapes fared well and once cooler weather arrived, our red varietals were able to mature at a gradual pace until harvested in mid-October.
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot