2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
The phenomenal 2018 vintage yielded a robust and majestic expression of Alexander Valley Cabernet, with glorious aromas of black currant, tobacco leaf, black cherry, olive, white sage, blackberry liqueur and sweet French oak. Though rich and creamy on the palate, lovely underlying acidity adds brightness and nuance to the lush red cherry, cassis and anise flavors, with firm tannins hinting at a long, impressive life ahead.
98.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.4% Petit Verdot
150 cases produced
The fruit for our Reserve Cabernet emphasizes two of our prized hillside blocks: Block 8 and Block 6. The vines on Blocks 8 were planted in 1997 to the famed Belle Terre field selection, which provides striking notes of high-toned red berry fruit. Block 6 was planted in 1998 to Clone 7, and adds floral layers and classic Cabernet cassis and cherry elements.
After a wet spring that energized the vines, summer brought consistently warm weather to Sonoma County. Our vineyard set an average size crop, and thanks to a full canopy, we had ideal shade on the fruit. As a result, our vines produced pristine grapes, with excellent natural acidity, lovely balance, and pure varietal flavors.
Both of the hillside blocks were hand-sorted and then individually fermented in stainless steel open-top fermenters. The wines were racked to our very finest French oak barrels for aging, with 50% of the oak being new. After 12 months, six of the “free-run” barrels were selected and were blended, and then returned to barrels for an additional nine 8 months of extended aging.