2016 ASR CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Harvest Date:  September 16, 2016

Alcohol:  14.4%

pH:  3.61

TA:  6.1 g/L

Closure:  Cork

Size:  750ml

2016 ASR CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Retail Price: $50.00

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

Hank Wetzel produced AVV’s first wines in 1975 and the wine world quickly took notice of the elegant Cabernet Sauvignons from Alexander Valley.  Thirty years later in 2004 he decided to focus on the  flavor profile that made the valley famous, releasing a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon known as Alexander School Reserve.  We continue that tradition with this newest release, a testament to AVV Winemaker Kevin Hall's skill and the Alexander Valley's unique ability to grow amazing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. 

We harvested the fruit for this vintage from a single block on the western side of the Russian River.  The small hillside vineyard with gravelly loam soil is planted to Clone 337.  The vines produce small berries with intense color, rich flavors and incredible concentration.  At harvest this lot impressed Winemaker Kevin Hall with great color and big flavors.   

Overall, 2016 was a more normal growing season than the last few years,  we received much needed rain over the winter and early spring.  The good weather continued through the summer.  Yields were slightly reduced, but the quality of the grapes was stellar.  After harvest this lot was de-stemmed,  fermented, then aged in new French oak barrels for 28 months.    

Aromas of cassis, black cherry, oak, and a touch of chocolate fill the glass.  This is a rich wine with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry, dark plum and chocolate.  It is silky, yet concentrated with loads of structure and a long finish.   

ACCOLADES:

2015:  98 points Beverage Dynamics/Cheers
2015:  92 points - Decanter World Wine Awards
2014:  91 points - Wine Advocate
2013:  95 points - California State Fair