Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
94 pts from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. We have no reservations about this stellar Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Warm and generous fruit combined with robust tannins, this Cab has real staying power. Maybe it’s the alluvial, well-drained soils the vines are grown in, maybe it’s the ideal sun exposure and climate. Whatever it is, this Cab hits all the right notes.
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94, The Wine Advocate
Robert M. Parker, Jr., 02/28/2016
Aromas & Flavors
Our 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our Lookout Mountain ranch in Alexander Valley. Fog drifts over the tops of the coastal mountains and burns off quickly in the morning sunshine, resulting in a warm climate with almost full sun throughout the day – ideal conditions for our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This full-bodied wine entices with captivating aromas of blackberry pie and caramel enhanced with notes of leather and sage. Flavors of dark plum and blueberry are layered upon a solid structure of rich tannins, finishing with toasted oak and cassis notes.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with roasted, broiled or barbecued heavy game and red meats such as lamb, beef, pork and veal. Medium and strong-flavored cheeses, such as blue cheese or sharp cheddar, also pair nicely with this wine.
How It's Made
The hand-harvested grapes enter the gravity-flow winery and are hand sorted, cold soaked for three days, then whole berries are gravity fed into tanks for fermenting before pressing. Individual lots are moved to 42% new French barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged for 21 months allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.
2013 was another great year for making wine. The growing season began with an early bud break, after a cool, wet winter. An unusually warm and dry spring was followed by a consistently warm summer leading to elevated temperatures toward the end of August prompting an earlier harvest than in recent years. These favorable conditions resulted in wines featuring good color and tannin structure along with concentrated flavors.
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