2017 Alexander School Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Harvest Date:  September 19, 2017

Alcohol:  14.0%

pH:  3.67

TA:  6.5 g/L

Closure:  Cork

Size:  750ml

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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 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 tiny berries with intense color, rich flavors and incredible concentration. At harvest this lot impressed Winemaker Kevin Hall with deep color and big flavors.

2017 was a vintage of contrasts. Our ample rainfall in January and February allayed any talk of drought, but winter rains were followed by a warm spring and many heat spikes throughout the summer. We harvested the single lot for this wine on September 19. After harvest the lot was de-stemmed, fermented, then aged in 75% new French oak barrels for 28 months.

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


2017:  98 points, Double Gold Medal & Best of Class - Sunset International Wine Competition 
2017:  92 points & Gold Medal - Beverage Testing Institute
2017:  Double Gold Medal -San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Intl Wine Competition
2017:  Gold Medal - Santé International Wine Competition