2016 Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 North Coast Press Democrat Wine Competition - DOUBLE GOLD, 95 points

2016 Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: RY16CSAV-750ml

2020 North Coast Press Democrat Wine Competition - DOUBLE GOLD, 95 points

Winemaking Notes

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.

Alexander Valley
75% Cabernet, 12% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
Oak aging
24 months in 100% French oak, 40% new
October 12, 2016
August 6, 2018
Alcohol %
853 cases
Tasting Notes
Our 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet is seductive and embracing with black cherry compote, ripe mission figs, currants and melted dark chocolate. Silky rich layers of juicy plums, pomegranates and cherries with hints of dusty cocoa, sweet tobacco and lavender. Decant for just a few hours to bring out the incredible ruby red fruits and enjoy a lasting full finish.