Alexander Valley Vineyards Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Organic 2015
This wine comes from an Organic Certified single vineyard in Alexander Valley. Alexander Valley Vineyards is located in the heart of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley on the historic property settled in the 1840s by valley namesake, Cyrus Alexander. The Wetzel Family purchased the original homestead in 1962, continuing a tradition of family farming on the site. From the beginning they treasured the spot they call home and took steps to preserve it for future generations. In 2008 Hank and Linda Wetzel began organically farming a single small Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard planted with Clone 4 and Clone 6. The vineyard was certified organic in 2011 by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers).
Vine density, clonal selection, rootstock, trellising and canopy management are tailored to each site and are as critical to their success as the soil, water, elevation and exposure. Warm days and cool nights are the norm in the southern end of the valley as the coastal marine layer that comes in off the ocean drops the temperature 40 to 50 degrees after nightfall. These daily temperature swings cool the grapes as they grow and are the key to the elegance and balance in the wine.
2015 was had a cool spring, followed by rain at bloom and a hot July. Lack of rain contributed to lower yields. As a result the grapes had terrific concentration and fruit flavors at harvest. The winemaker decided to vinify and age the Organic vineyard fruit separately to produce a single vineyard Organic Cabernet Sauvignon. After harvest the grapes were de-stemmed, fermented and aged in 25% new American and French oak barrels for 28 months.
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This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit forward with great balance and a medium mouthfeel. In the glass are earthy aromas of dark fruits, cassis, chocolate and clove, along with flavors of cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, spice, oak and chocolate. This wine has good structure and a long juicy finish. 14.5% Alc. Pair with a juicy steak with mushroom sauce or strong cheese.
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