A powerful Cabernet from the hillsides of Alexander Valley: Lush, dark berries and ripe plums dominate the glass, while hints of cassis and cocoa play in the background. The firm, mature tannins give this wine a strong backbone, while the 17 months of barrel aging have softened this bold wine just enough to enjoy now. Drink over the next five to seven years.
Rod Strong recognized the Alexander Valley as an ideal place to grow cabernet sauvignon as far back as 1971, when he planted our first cabernet vineyard on a hill known as Alexander's Crown. Today we proudly farm four different estate vineyards on the benches and hillsides above the valley floor, where cabernet displays the finest expression of the Alexander Valley terroir.
The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. The real cheering began when we finally started picking the fruit a full sixteen days earlier than the year before, which feels like eons at harvest time. We harvested this Cabernet in September and October under ideal conditions.