Louis M. Martini Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Our 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has received high critical praise for its decadent black cherry, black current and blackberry aromas and flavors that weave together with earthy notes of truffle, tobacco and smoky cedar. This expansive wine is dense, rich and well- structured, held together beautifully by assertive tannins that lead into a long, full finish. Its depth and structure give the wine potential to easily age a decade or more.

Awards:

2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: 97 Points. The Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker Jr., October 2016 Read full article

Winemaker notes:

The grapes were harvested in the early morning to keep the fruit as cool before being destemmed and sent directly to tank. The lots were cold soaked for two days, then fermented at temperatures ranging from 88°F to 90°F. The wine was pumped over up to three times a day. After daily lot tastings, we determined draining times, which left some Cabernet lots in fermenters for extended maceration. Every lot was evaluated separately as they aged, then blended together and further aged in barrels to allow the flavors to marry. The wine aged a total of 16 months in a combination of French and American oak (50% new).

Viticulture notes:

In 2014, we primarily selected grapes from four of our premiere Sonoma vineyards –Barrelli Creek, Frei Ranch, Stefani and our renowned Monte Rosso Vineyard—plus from other respected growers. The 2014 season was another outstanding one with early bud break, steadymildtemperaturesandlonghangtimethatlastedthroughan exceptionally long harvest that let us pick at optimum ripeness. The result was vibrant fruit, ideal tannins and an exquisite vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon.