Alexander Valley Vineyards Organically Grown Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750ML
From the producer:
Single Vineyard, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and certified organic grapes!
As a small family owned and operated business, we’re continually looking toward the future to make the place you know as AVV, and the place that we call home, better for the next generation. Green might well be the buzzword of the decade, but for us it is a lifestyle that began decades ago. In 2008 Hank and Linda Wetzel began organically farming a single Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard planted with Clone 4 and Clone 6. The vineyard was certified organic in 2011 by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers).
The 2018 growing season began a bit cooler than the past few vintages, but we had a near perfect fruit set with moderate summer temperatures and relatively few heat spikes. The mild weather led to a longer hang time, allow-ing the grapes to ripen slowly with excellent flavors and balanced natural acidity. After picking the fruit over two days in October, we vinified and aged the organic vineyard fruit separately to produce a single vineyard “organically grown” Cabernet Sauvignon. After harvest the grapes were de-stemmed, fermented and aged in 38% new French and American oak barrels for 24 months.
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit forward with rich texture. It intrigues with earthy aromas of cassis, black cherry, leather, chocolate, and plum. Lush, juicy flavors of cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, oak, chocolate and a note of cool menthol fill the glass. The 2018 is a mouth-filling wine with loads of good structure and fine tannins on the long finish.
2018: 90 points & Gold Medal - Santé International Wine Competition
2018: Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair
2018: Gold Medal - HLSR International Wine Competition