With its dusty tannins and lively acidity, this full-bodied cabernet sauvignon has mouth-coating sensations of black cherry, black currants, grilled game, toasted oak and vanilla. The nose mirrors the fruit qualities on the palate, but with added nuances of cigar box, coriander, dried brush and buttery toffee.
As the “battleground of low and high pressure,” Sonoma County boasts the greatest number of well-known sub-appellations in California. Its position along the North Coast, in concert with superb soils from a complex system of coastal hills and valleys, provides each region with a unique brand of “natural air conditioning” as a function of proximity to the Pacific Ocean and/or San Pablo Bay.
Alexander Valley is located in northern Sonoma County and best known for producing opulent, well-structured cabernet sauvignons and zinfandels. The region is 22 miles long, but only two-to-seven miles wide. The official demarcations include the valley floor as well as the eastern and western slopes.
Grapes were harvested from Preston Ranch Vineyard at the northern reach of Alexander Valley near Cloverdale. The site presents textbook conditions for growing cabernet: well-drained gravelly soils and clear, warm days tempered by the overnight cooling effects of being located within a stone’s throw of the Russian River. Twenty acres of cabernet sauvignon were planted in 1999, and now yield about five tons per acre of small, intensely flavored berries that result in elegant full-bodied wines with mature tannins.