Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Grown & Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec, VT
$244.29 / case(12)
In the late 1960s we bottled a few cases of cabernet sauvignon for friends and family. Those first few cases of homemade wine inspired the vision for our estate winery alexander valley vineyards and our flagship wine cabernet sauvignon. The western drought continued in 2015 and was once again the topic of much discussion. A cool spring rain at bloom and hot july along with the continued effects from the lack of rain contributed to lower yields. As a result the grapes had terrific concentration and superb fruit flavors at harvest. After harvest the different lots were de-stemmed fermented separately then aged in 25% new american and french oak barrels for 14 months. The 2015 cabernet sauvignon is a classic alexander valley wine with medium body great fruit flavors and smooth structured tannins. Winemaker kevin hall added 11% merlot for structure a touch of cabernet franc for floral notes and malbec and petit verdot for color. There are aromas of black cherry cassis plum sl,,wine~us cabernet sauvignon~united states~~california~,vt,y,red,n 670,008579806872,1alexander valley pinot noir [united states],750ml,,26. 31,284. 08,12,,n,the wetzel family’s pinot noir vineyard is planted along the banks of the russian river; where mthe morning fog lingers and cools the vines. The vineyard is planted to three clones – dijon 777 for rich concentration and black fruit; dijon115 for soft tannins and perfume and pommard for color dark fruit and spice. The vines are grown using the smart dyson trellis system – allowing us to control the vigor of the vine while giving us flexibility to adjust the trellising to changing weather conditions during the growing season. This ensures the fruit gets adequate sun exposure and keeps yields in check overall 2016 was a more normal growing season than the last few years. While the drought was still persistent we received much needed rain over the winter and early spring. The good weather continued through the summer with no damaging heat spikes. Yields were down a little but the quality and flavor of the grapes were stellar. After the fruit was hand-harvested each lot was kep
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