2010 was the first of two unusually cool California vintages. The spring was cool with some minor frosts and a few spring showers. By June, temperatures normalized, greatly helping bloom and set. Both July and August were unusually cool, which contributed to extraordinary phenolic and color maturity. Slightly above average temperatures in September and the first half of October brought the crop to ideal maturity. We began harvest in the Alexander Valley began on September 30th, three weeks later than normal, and ended on October 26th.
Our 2010 Alexander Valley, selected from several different vineyards, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. We blended the vineyard lots in early 2011 and transferred the wine to 50% new and 50% once-used American oak barrels for aging. Blending prior to barreling allows us to achieve a balance of the wine's natural elements, such as fruit and tannin, before they are influenced by oak. The wine was then aged in barrel for approximately 24 months and another 15 months in bottle to harmonize its components before release.
Our 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has been included in Wine & Spirits Magazine's “Year's Best Cabernet Sauvignon” article! Joshua Greene of Wine & Spirits Magazine says:
“Like a savory claret pumped up on performance-enhancing California climate, this is nuanced and relatively austere for all its bold, plumy fruit. The supple richness of tannins lends it textural finesse, the quality of Silver Oak that may be most responsible for its legend. The alcohol is finely integrated so as to be imperceptible. Still youthfully floral, this will age with grace.”