Big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon displaying rich varietal characteristics of dark berry and cassis with hints of spice and chocolate on the nose
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92 points. "Just what you would expect from a long, cool vintage and hillside vineyards - a tightly wrapped, dense wine that need some time in the cellar to unfurl its flavors of chocolate, cassis and lead pencil. Has a richly textured mouthfeel and, despite some drying tannins, finishes with enough fruit to more than compensate."
Wine Enthusiast, September 2003
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Varietal Composition: 96.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc
Oak Aging: 18 months in 100% French oak barrels (80% new))
Acidity: 0.61g/100 ml
Bottled: June, 2001
Production: 1,000 Cases
High above California’s Alexander Valley stand the towering Mayacamas Mountains, home to Stonestreet’s rugged Alexander Mountain Estate. This epic, untamed landscape is both challenging and rewarding when it comes to growing grapes. Here, we are truly a guest of nature, subject to both its bounty and its whims, which serve as a constant reminder that we are merely custodians to this remarkable place.
Alexander Mountain Estate stands as the largest and one of the most extensive mountain vineyards in the world. Towering high above the Alexander Valley, Alexander Mountain Estate defies all previous conceptions of winegrowingó235 separate vineyard blocks are aligned in every imaginable spot on the compass, with peaks, valleys and ridges creating a broad spectrum of varied facings and elevations. Yet only a fifth of the 5,100-acre estate is planted to wine grapes.