The 2012 vintage saw many winemakers and vintners excited about the exceptional growing conditions. Not only were we excited about the great growing conditions but also the innovative vineyard techniques like berry sensory analysis and precision farming we implemented in our vineyards. The dry winter was followed by well-timed rainfall in February, March and mid-April when we received about two inches that filled the soil profile before the coming season. Budbreak was even and bloom progressed quickly, leading to clusters with both high quality and high quantity potential. The summer weather was wonderfully cooperative with only a single day’s high above 100˚F from May through the end of September and no precipitation until the end of October. A small heatwave on the 1st and 2nd of October was perhaps the only blip in the otherwise mild weather pattern. We began harvest on September 24th and concluded on October 20th before an inch of rain fell in the Alexander Valley on the 23rd. The final tally showing a bountiful harvest wherein quality was immensely promising from the outset.
Our 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot. It was blended in early 2013 and aged for 24 months in 48% new and 52% once-used American oak barrels from our cooperage, The Oak, in Higbee, Missouri. Early blending assures a balanced core and allows the components to achieve a seamless harmony during barrel aging. After bottling in the spring of 2015, the wine was aged an additional 15 months in bottle before being released in August of 2016.
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.”