2015 Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
We handpicked all our Cabernet Sauvignon early in the morning while temperatures were chilly. The whole clusters were delivered to the winery in small bins. The fruit was gently destemmed from the rachis (stems) then moved to stainless steel tanks and open top tanks for fermentation. After three days of cold soaking, fermentation was initiated with a hand-selected yeast that complemented our fruit and the fermenting juice was pumped over the fermenting skins 2-3 times daily for color and tannin extraction. When primary fermentation completed, the new wine was pressed from its skins and pumped to a fresh tank. Once settled in tank, the new wine was racked off its sediment to barrels and secondary fermentation began. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel which helped soften the wine. Aged on light sur lie, in 100% French oak, for 24 months, the resulting wine was racked from barrels to tanks for the final blend assemblage then held until bottled.
Aromatics: Dried cherries, currants, tobacco leaf, dried herbs and a dusty undertone with touches of vanilla bean and a smoky-savory note.
Body/Texture: Elegant tannin profile, soft and smooth with a sleek, supple finish with a medium to full body.
Flavor Profile: Dried currants and cherries with vanilla and touches of smoke, toast, dried herbs, and a sweet-savory quality.