2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
October 12, 2015
40% New Saury French oak, 60% 1 & 2 year old French oak for 15 months.
August 3, 2017
Our 2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit forward and balanced, representative of a traditional Northern California Cabernet Sauvignon. Cassis, blackberry, pomegranate, and caramel fill the aromatics. Consistent on the palate with ripe blackberry, cranberry, caramel and ripe pomegranate. The wine is well balanced and smooth with an extended finish.
2015 was another drought year and was not without its challenges. A cool wet May with intermittent rain caused shatter during flowering which produced a small fruit set. In addition, the yields were much lower than usual, barely 3 tons per acre which meant more concentrated fruit flavors. Fall produced more typical California coastal weather, with cool fog in the morning clearing to sunny skies by early afternoon with temperatures soaring up into the 90°s F and the quickly cooling off following sunset. This often meant temperature swings of up to 50° F, which is preferable for Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc. The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested last with the intention to make a riper, more fruit-forward style from Alexander Valley, but with added leafiness and complexity by incorporating Merlot and Cabernet Franc into the blend. The clusters were luscious bluish-black berries that had great concentration of flavors.