Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Red 2017
Blend: 58% Syrah, 21% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
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Supple and polished, with plump blackberry, toasty, mocha and spice flavors that glide on a lingering finish toward silky tannins. Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2029.
The 2017 Alec's Blend is based on 58% Syrah, 21% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. It's a unique blend with a singular style in its red and black berry fruits, peppery herbs, cured meats, lead pencil, and classy oak-driven aromas and flavors. Nicely textured and medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins and a fleshy yet balanced profile, it's ideal for drinking over the coming 5-8 years.
In 1992 Debbie and Randy Lewis established a small family winery in Napa Valley and were later joined by their son Dennis in 1999. Total production is approximately 9,000 cases annually of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
They are literally hands-on in every aspect of vineyard management, winemaking, sales and distribution, and they thrive on this challenge and the relationships they ultivate in the process. It is their continuing goal to create world-class wines.
Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.
Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.