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2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley


  Above the Alexander Valley floor looms our hillside estate, which composes 40% of this wine. The two other vineyards are located mid-valley, adjacent to the Russian River which lie near the edge of the eastern foothills, and were planted in 1997.

Winemaking
Following hand-harvesting, the grapes were de-stemmed only (whole berries). Fermentations were conducted in a combination of open-top vessels with a punch-down device and closed tanks with gentle cap irrigators. Several types of yeast were used for both inoculated and uninoculated fermenting. Most lots were pressed directly to barrel, and malolactic fermentations finished in barrel. Post-fermentation, selected lots received extended maceration averaging 45 days for further phenolic development. After one year, the wines were racked and returned to barrel for an additional year of aging.

Tasting Notes
Abundant aromas of ripe plum, sweet spice, cassis, and a hint of mint inhabit the nose of this wine. On the mouth it is thick and rich with hints of juicy blackberries and vanilla. It has big texture with a ripe and smooth finish.

3,900 cases produced
Alcohol content, 14.5% by volume


Wine & Spirits

"Elegant and complete, this is a well made wine from a light vintage, its initial cherry skin scents coming off bold, its texture supple, its overall impression compact and complete. There’s a cherry juiciness that lasts, along with a ripe figgy flavor and hard tannins."

Wine Spectator

"A jazzy style, with spicy, toasty oak leading to a core of currant, plum and anise flavors, unfolding to reveal a mineral, spice and cedar side on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2008." 91 score.

Restaurant Wine

"The Alexander is suppler and fruitier, yet has excellent character and balance; the Napa Valley bottling is richer but a bit more rugged in style. Both will benefit from further aging."

Quarterly Review of Wines

"California Best of the Best. Medium ruby color; intense, ripe-blackberry nose; rich, succulent, medium-weight, blackberry and oak-vanillin flavors; nice lush texture; excellent balance, round, stylish finish." Excellent.