The Alexander Valley signature style is evident in this delicious Cabernet: bold fruit aromas and flavors centered on red plum, boysenberry, and a rich, mouth filling texture with soft tannins; all of which we’ve framed in the finest oak barrels for just over 17 months. Enjoy over the next three to six 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 three different estate vineyards on the benches and hillsides above the valley floor, where Cabernet displays the finest expression of the Alexander Valley terroir.
The 2011 vintage started off cool and damp, but with little to no frost. Late rains continued until July, with almost two inches of rain in the month of June. The end of the rainy season led to a cool weather pattern for most of the summer, with average high temperatures around 80 degrees for both July and August. The heat finally returned in September, with one six day stretch of temperatures in the 90s, exactly what the vintage needed. We harvested the last of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon on October 26th under ideal conditions.