2015
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 French oak barrels for ~21 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: 

Enticing aromas of dark fruit and subtle spice.

Palate: 

Complex flavors with velvety tannins of the Cabernet Sauvignon that are perfectly balanced with the dark fruit and subtle spice.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

2015 was the height of the California drought and this vintage saw a very warm summer, with little rain fall in the winter months Alexander Valley is capable of growing a wide range of grapes, especially prime for the varietals found in this blend, this wine offers a highlight of complex flavors, enticing aromas and incredible richness. The subtle spice of the shiraz and the velvety tannins of the cabernet sauvignon come together to create body and a lavishly long finish.

Tech Notes
  • ​Appellation: ​Alexander Valley
  • Variety/Blend:
    • ​​​Cabernet Sauvignon 
    • Shiraz 
    • Petite Sirah
  • Vintage: ​2015
  • PH: 3.78
  • T/A: 5.70
  • ​Oak Maturation: ​22 months
  • Oak: 10​0%
  • ​New Oak: ​12%
  • Alcohol: 15​%
  • Production:  340 cases
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
$42