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Folie a Deux Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The Alexander Valley’s warm climate, marine-cooled evenings and well-drained, volcanic hillside soils translate to rich wines with smooth, well-structured tannins.

Folie a Deux's Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of black currant, cherry, dark plum and violets are balanced by notes of sage, fennel, olives, black tea, and tobacco—all layered over soft, fine-grained tannins.

Critical Acclaim

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Lush and thickly concentrated, this crowd-friendly wine offers a brightness of cassis that complements its darker, richer tones of chocolate mocha and clove. Medium in build, it uses its oak well, integrating it into the whole.
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COMMENTARY: Following the trail of the Alexander Valley Cabernets has been long and arduous. With so many wineries producing them and quality ranging far and wide, one never knows who is going to step up to the plate. The 2014 Folie à Deux wasn't on my radar screen, but it is now. TASTING NOTES: This wine is quite rich and shows a nice mix of red currant, dried herbs, and sweet earth. Its juxtaposition of aromas and flavors makes it an excellent choice with braised meats. (Tasted: February 16, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
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Folie a Deux Winery, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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For more than 30 years, Folie à Deux has crafted world-class wines that captivate the senses and evoke the nuances of the land. Today, we select our grapes exclusively from Sonoma’s legendary appellations, where each variety thrives in the local terroir. Together, these wines embody a pitch-perfect fusion of grape variety and region, offering a glimpse of Sonoma’s extraordinarily diverse terroir, region by region. Domenica Totty joined the team in 2017 and her extensive experience in the wine industry has given her a profound understanding of how great wine is made – in the vineyard. Join us on a journey through one of the world’s most coveted–yet accessible–wine destinations

Alexander Valley

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A source of Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon that can rival its Napa Valley neighbors, the Alexander Valley is the hottest AVA in the county. This large and heavily planted appellation is only 25 miles from the coast, but it is relatively free of fog due to the sheltering effects of the mountain ranges in between. However, the Russian River, which runs through the valley, creates cool-climate pockets and soft, alluvial soil ideal for grape-growing.

In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up over 50% of plantings, Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties as well as Zinfandel thrive here, all of which take on a bold and voluptuous personality. Ample, fleshy Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate white wine production. Some old-vine plantings of Grenache have been discovered here, and more recent experiments with Sangiovese and Barbera show great promise.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin, and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice, and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb, and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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