The 2005 vintage started with an early bud break. Spring was cool and rainy, followed by a mild summer. Because of the rains we focused on canopy management, leaf pulling and the dropping of green clusters to intensify flavors while creating balanced growth. The season concluded with a welcome Indian summer that ripened the fruit to perfection without creating extremely high sugar levels. Overall 2005 was an exceptional and age-worthy Cabernet vintage.
From it s dark ruby color to its layered aromas of black currant, licorice, violets and moist earth, this wine offers classic Alexander Valley character. On the palate, it reveals flavors of wild blueberries, currant, tobacco leaf and licorice, surrounded by gorgeous, balanced tannins and a subtle underlying oak presence.
"Shows the soft acids, gentle tannins and herbaceousness that mark most Alexander Valley Cabs, with supporting cherry, red currant and licorice flavors. It's a complex wine, balanced and intriguing, and a fine pairing for a very wide variety of foods. Interestingly, indigenous, or wild, yeast was use..." "