2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points and Editors' Choice
The concentrated 2019 vintage has delivered everything we love in an Alexander Valley Cabernet, with aromas of blackberry, currant, and ripe plum. On the palate, the texture is big and juicy. Structured tannins add definition to the rich flavors of dark berries and crème de cassis, as well as layers of saddle leather, sweet oak, and spice. Ample natural acidity provides length and freshness.
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
18 months in French oak
1,340 cases produced
The fruit for this Cabernet emphasizes three clones, from seven separate blocks, with vines from 15 to 30+ 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.
Our Cabernet harvest resulted in seven individual native fermentations, without any commercial yeast being added, in a mix of open-top and closed-top tanks. In the closed-top tanks, the must was pumped-over, which added to palate texture; while the open-top tanks had a punch-down regimen, which retained fruit intensity. The wine was racked to 45% new French oak and underwent spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Each lot was aged separately for 10 months before blending, with barrel aging for a total of 18 months.