2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet

Estate

Winemaking Notes

A powerful Cabernet from the hillsides of Alexander Valley, this wine is lush with blackberries, dark plum, cassis and dark chocolate. The notes of dried herbs, black pepper and minerality reflect the terroir of the Alexander Valley. The soft, supple, and mature tannins give this wine a strong backbone, while the 18 months of barrel aging have softened the wine enough to enjoy now.

Food pairings

Pair this wine with grilled rib eye steak, burgers and spaghetti Bolognese, or cellar for enjoyment over the next three to five years.

History

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 Vineyards

A mild, dry winter encouraged early bud break in Sonoma County in 2014. The growing season was very warm overall, but tempered by overcast days in late July and late August plus a heavy drizzle in early September, which slowed ripening through extended hang time on the vines. We harvested the grapes at peak ripeness from September 5 through October 11 under ideal conditions.

$28.00

Appelation:

Alexander Valley

Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol:

14.5%

TA:

0.62 gm/100ml

PH:

3.63

Cellar & Fermentation:

18 months in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new

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