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2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley
7.0 g/l
18 mos
Bottling Date
May 2017
Alcohol %

2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The phenomenal 2015 vintage has delivered everything we love in a great Alexander Valley Cabernet—gorgeous aromas of cassis, black cherry, crème de mure and savory black olive, broad, silky tannins and complex earthy notes of tobacco, black licorice and earthy forest floor. On the palate, an inviting freshness adds poise and definition to the mix of sweet and savory flavors, carrying this classically structured wine to a long, multifaceted finish. 

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Eight individual fermentations were done, using a mix of open-top tanks, and closed-top tanks where the must was pumped over. The closed-top tanks added to palate texture, while the open-top tanks retained fruit intensity. The wine was racked to 48 percent new French oak and underwent native malolactic fermentation. Each lot was fermented and aged separately for 10 months before blending, with barrel aging for a total of 18 months.

The fruit for this Cabernet emphasizes three clones, from seven separate blocks, with vines ranging in age from approximately 10 to more than 25 years old. From the river benchland we use our clone 337 for its fruit-forward black cherry flavors. Hillside clone 7 fruit adds floral layers and classic Cabernet cassis and cherry elements. Our oldest plantings, a field selection from the Belle Terre Vineyard, provide tannic concentration and blue fruit notes. The final wine reflects the diversity of our vineyard.

Wine Profile
Though 2015 delivered the earliest harvest in our history, and very low yields, the quality and concentration of the grapes was exceptional. A warm winter and spring led to early budbreak and veraison. High temperatures in August further accelerated the pace of harvest, but with yields down by as much as 30%, everything was able to ripen beautifully, delivering lovely intensity
2,400 cases
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Stephan Dolezalek
(Jan 21, 2019 at 7:38 PM)
The deep inky red, strong liquid structure and cherry flavor overlay would have you think this was heavy on the palate, but it drinks like a much more refined and subtle wine. Terrific value for a wine that compares well at twice the price.

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