2013 Alexander Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

The grapes were fermented warm and the tanks were pumped over 4-5 times a day for color and tannin extraction. The wines were gently drained from their skins and the balance of juice trapped in the skins was lightly pressed away. The resulting individual lots of Cabernet, Merlot, and Petit Verdot  were aged separately and blended just before bottling. We put the free run wine (drained out of the fermenter and not pressed with the grapes) to all French Oak barrels. This Bordeaux blend aged for 16 months in barrel before bottling.

Tasting Notes

seductive layers of fleshy black cherries, Cassis, dark chocolate and fresh raspberries which are complimented with dusty, tobacco leaf aromas; these are classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes.


 This wine is young, fresh and dense, but also has lovely flavors of tremendous richness with tiers of dark berries, dark chocolate, and Cassis. 

Vintage Notes: 

2013 was a classic California vintage an early bloom followed by a heat wave gave the vineyards a kick start and has some worried we may be picking by the 4th of July. Fortunately some cooler weather prevailed and allowed for the extended hang time needed to make a truly excellent vintage. By late August the warmer summer weather returned and allowed for some beautiful sun kissed fruit to reach peak maturity.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Alexander Valley
  • Varietals:
    • 88% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 5% Merlot
    • 7% Petit Verdot
  • Alcohol: 14.5 %
  • Production: 750 Cases
  • Aging: 
    • ​16 months
    • 100% French Oak
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Fine Steak
Bourbon barbeque