2015 ASR CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wine Data
Appellation:  Alexander Valley
Grape Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Harvest Date:  September 10, 2015
Alcohol:  14.4%
pH:  3.34
TA:  7.05 g/L
Closure:  Cork
Size:  750ml

2015 ASR CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Retail Price: $45.00

Rich, concentrated and silky - Cabernet Sauvignon at its finest!

We harvested the fruit for this release from a single vineyard in front of the winery.  The five acre vineyard was planted to Clone 337 in 1995-1998 and produces small berries with intense color, rich flavors and incredible concentration.  Winemaker Kevin Hall says:  "this is one of my favorite blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon on the property". 

The western drought continued in 2015 and was once again a topic of much discussion.  A cool spring, rain at bloom and hot July along with the continued effects from the lack of rain contributed to lower yields.  As a result the grapes had superb fruit flavors at harvest.  After harvest this lot was de-stemmed, fermented and then aged in new French oak barrels for 26 months.

Aromas of cassis, black cherry, oak, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits and a hint of menthol fill the glass.  This is a smooth wine with flavors of dark fruit, cassis, vanilla and chocolate.  It is silky with well integrated tannins and flavors that linger for a long time, giving you the chance to reflect on the history and tradition of Alexander Valley Vineyards and Cabernet Sauvignon.

ACCOLADES:

2015:  Gold Medal - S.A.L.E. International Wine Competition
2014:  91 points - Wine Advocate
2013:  93 points - California State Fair