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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 90 Wine & Spirits
Region: Sonoma County, California
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Item no. 92516
The 2004 Alluvium has a lush, intense-cherry/blackberry core of 74% Merlot layered with 23% Cabernet Sauvignon to support the structure and add depth to the dark fruit aromas and flavors. Small amounts of Malbec and Cabernet Franc were added for more complexity and layers of juicy fruit and floral nuances.
"The proprietary Alluvium name pays homage to the alluvial soils of Knights Valley
and, as a blend enables us to select the best red Bordeaux varietals from vintage to
vintage. For the 2004, bright red fruit, chocolate covered cherries, tea, flint and
smoky oak aromas lead into a mouthful bursting with blackberry and spice with hints
of violets and orange rind. This wine has fleshy tannins giving an overall impression
of richness and depth to the wine. I like to refer to it as a Maurice Sendak wine, as
there's a touch of "where the wild things are" about this wine."
— Laurie Hook, Winemaker
"This shows wonderfully layered, complex flavors, in addition to great structure. Thoroughly dry, with rich, fine tannins, it flatters with red and black currant, red cherry, milk chocolate, licorice, root beer, vanilla, dusty spice and smoky oak flavors. Luscious now and through 2010."