Wine Spectator 91 points - Seductive for the supple, juicy mix of blackberry and raspberry flavors, this has jazzy, oaky cedar, vanilla and mocha notes, ending long and focused. Drink now through 2028. 6,200 cases made. -JL.May/2018
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 89 points - 2018 Ultimate Wine Challenge - This wine has a bouquet of baked cherries, dried herbs, roasted peppercorns, and lush plum. The palate floods the mouth with dense fruit, but the wine’s refined tannins lead to a complex, dry finish..June/2018
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is medium to deep garnet-purple and scented of cassis, blackberries and dried herbs with cedar chest and pencil lead hints plus an earthy undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and spicy American oak flavors, it finishes long and fruity. 12,500 cases produced..March/2018
A majority of the fruit is sourced from our Alexander Valley vineyard, which is a warmer climate growing area that produces some of the world’s most beautiful expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were harvested in the early morning to keep the fruit as cool as possible before fermentation. Grapes were destemmed but not crushed, leaving greater than 90% whole berries for fermentation. The Cabernet Sauvignon juice was fermented in stainless steel upright fermenters with a temperature range between 88°F - 90°F, receiving extended skin contact for 14 to 21 days for maximum extraction of color and flavor. To ensure the development of desired flavor and aroma characteristics, the juice was inoculated with the yeast strain and 100% of the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for 16 months in new and used French, American and Hungarian oak barrels with a mixture of heavy, medium and medium-plus toasting levels to add additional flavor and complexity prior to bottling.