90 Point Wine Enthusiast - "If you’re looking for a flashy, complex Cabernet to drink now and for the next few years, try this one. It’s rich and ripe in black currants, plums and toasty oak, with refined tannins and a full body that finishes dry and satisfying." A powerful Cabernet from the hillsides of Alexander Valley, this wine is lush with blackberries, dark plum, cassis and dark chocolate. The notes of dried herbs, black pepper and minerality reflect the terroir of the Alexander Valley. The soft, supple, and mature tannins give this wine a strong backbone, while the 18 months of barrel aging have softened the wine enough to enjoy now.
Pair this wine with grilled rib eye steak, burgers and spaghetti Bolognese, or cellar for enjoyment over the next three to five years. Rod Strong recognized the Alexander Valley as an ideal place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon as far back as 1971, when he planted our first Cabernet vineyard on a hill known as Alexander’s Crown. Today we proudly farm four different estate vineyards on the benches and hillsides above the valley floor, where Cabernet displays the finest expression of the Alexander Valley terroir. A mild, dry winter encouraged early bud break in Sonoma County in 2014. The growing season was very warm overall, but tempered by overcast days in late July and late August plus a heavy drizzle in early September, which slowed ripening through extended hang time on the vines. We harvested the grapes at peak ripeness from September 5 through October 11 under ideal conditions.