2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
The excellent 2019 vintage has delivered everything we love about great Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, including stunning aromas of black currant, tobacco leaf, black cherry, olive, white sage, blackberry liqueur and sweet French oak. Though lush and soft on the palate, the bright and balanced natural acidity brings length and freshness to the dark berry, cassis and anise flavors, and firm tannins hint at a long, impressive life ahead.
98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
20 months in French oak
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.
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 8 months of extended aging.