2016
Alexander Valley

Cab-Shiraz
Description

The grapes were hand-picked, sorted, and fermented warm, with multiple pump overs per day for color and tannin extraction. The wine was drained early, without extended maceration, preserving boosted fruit character. The varietals were vinified separately, aging in 100% French oak barrels for 18 months to mellow and soften the palate, and optimally integrate the oak. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz barrels were then hand-selected for the final blend to optimally balance power, fruit, spice and structure. After blending the wine aged for another month in barrel to fully integrate before bottling.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

A blend of classic Alexander Valley varietals, our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Shiraz opens with enticing aromas of raspberry, strawberry and oak. 

Palate: 

On the palate, juicy flavors of blackberry, graham cracker and a subtle hint of spice lead to rich mouthfeel with velvety tannins and a lavishly long finish.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2016 vintage across California was a nearperfect growing season. A mild winter and spring along led to warm days and cool nights in the summer, and grape growers were able to maintain ideal acid levels with balanced, concentrated fruit flavors.

Tech Notes
  • ​Appellation: ​Alexander Valley
  • Variety/Blend:
    • ​​​Cabernet Sauvignon 
    • Shiraz 
    • Alcohol: ​15.5%
    • PH: 3.94
    • T/A: 6.1 g/L
    • ​Oak Maturation: ​18 months
    • Oak: 100%
    • ​New Oak: 20%
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Grilled or Roast Beef, Barbecue Ribs, Spicy Sausages, Smoked Brisket
Cheese & Nuts:
Strong Hard Cheeses, Cheddar or a Mellow Blue
SKU:
WCSSH163
$42