2013 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Wetzel Vineyards Estate 1.5 L

Year: 2013
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Country: USA - California
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
Price :
$29.95

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Winery Notes:
In the late 1960s we bottled a few cases of Cabernet Sauvignon for friends and family. Those first few cases of homemade wine inspired the vision for our estate winery, Alexander Valley Vineyards. From the very beginning Cabernet Sauvignon was our flagship wine. The 2013 growing season was almost identical to 2012. The year began with another dry winter and spring, then throughout the summer we experienced a warm growing season with abundant sunshine and even growing temperatures. Our grapes ripened evenly, harvest started 11 days earlier than in 2012 and proceeded at a fairly quick pace ending on October 29th. While news of the lack of rain dominated conversations, there was an upside to the drought; the grapes had more concentrated flavors than in 2012. After harvest the different lots were destemmed , fermented separately, then aged in American and French oak barrels for 14 months.

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Alexander Valley wine with medium body, great fruit flavors and grippy tannins. Winemaker Kevin Hall added 7% Merlot for structure, a touch of Cabernet Franc for floral notes and Malbec and Petit Verdot for color. There are aromas of dark fruit, blackberry, cherry, cassis, plum, vanilla and a slight cocoa and chocolate note. In the glass there are rich flavors of cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, spice, tobacco and chocolate. This is a plush wine with medium body, nice balance and a long finish.

Food Pairing:
Grilled or pan seared beef, lamb or tuna is a classic. For an unexpected pairing try a blue cheese soufflé as an appetizer.