Our 2017 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a boisterous wine with an assertive profile, offering ripe notes of black currant, plum, crushed fennel and cedar. Rich and rustic, this Cabernet features distinct brambly undertones and finishes memorably with structured, lingering tannins.
Our primary fruit source was Barrelli Creek Vineyard in the northern reaches of the warm Alexander Valley. The vineyard’s sloping gravelly soils drain quickly, encouraging far reaching roots that lead to complex wines with a backbone of acidity. In 2017, ample winter rains fueled vine growth early in the season a warm, steady summer and fall followed, leading to a slightly early harvest with intensely fruit driven yields.
Grapes were picked early in the morning to preserve maximum flavor en route to the winery. All lots were aged and evaluated separately, allowing us to craft a harmonious wine before marrying the final blend in barrel to finish aging. In total, the wine spent 17 months in a combination of French and American oak (29% new).