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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Wine & Spirits
Region: Sonoma County, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 113778
This lavish wine showcases the abundant deep red and black fruit flavors that are typical of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Black fig, Chambord liqueur, hibiscus flower, briar berries, and Bing cherry flavors dominate the palate. More subtle notes of ginger, caramelized brown sugar and mocha add dimension to the opulent structure. Aging in rich American oak barrels lends a plush fullness to the palate and complements the supple grape tannins with silky texture and vanilla spice character. The deep ruby hue of the wine shows beautiful purity of color and alludes to the robust weight of this bottling.
The bright edge to the color parallels this cabernet’s brisk, red-fruited character. The tannins bring on darker notes, hinting at pomegranate and plum with luscious, mountain-grown intensity (the blend includes benchlandsites and higher hillsides). Those tannins keep it savory, adding firm bulk to an otherwise elegant red. Enjoyable now with grilled magretof duck, this will mellow over the next several years in bottle.