PreVail Alexander Valley West Face 2005 Front Label
PreVail Alexander Valley West Face 2005 Front Label

PreVail Alexander Valley West Face 2005

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Winemaker Notes

At merely 2.75 tons per acre, the grapes for West Face are grown on the steep slopes of Ferrari-Carano's LookOut Mountain which sits at the junction of Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and Chalk Hill appellations. This spectacular mountain vineyard boasts 360 degree views, soaring in elevation from 500 to 1,400 feet, with soils deep, red and rich with nutrients. Dark, concentrated aromas of anise, mocha and currant surround flavors of juicy blackberry, sweet dark cherry, milk chocolate, cinnamon, and cassis liqueur. Opulent roasted, caramel oak flavors come through with loads of dense, powerful tannins providing textural proof of this wine's ageability.

Critical Acclaim

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The 2005 West Face (in this case 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Syrah) exhibits a dark ruby/purple color and a peppery nose with hints of black currants, loamy soil notes, and some black currant and herb. The wine is rich, medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin and a nice, savory mouthfeel. This is a structured wine that should drink nicely for 10-12+ years if not longer.
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PreVail, California
PreVail was born out of Don Carano's desire to make a great Cabernet Sauvignon from Ferrari-Carano's two mountain vineyards.

A project that began in 1996 with the planting of select French clones on two distinctly different, rugged mountain vineyard sites has resulted in remarkable wines of profound character, complex with intense flavors, yet graceful and balanced; wines which truly bring honor to the Mountain Estate vineyards from which they are born.

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Nearly a northern extension of Napa Valley, Alexander Valley starts just north of the small, Knights Valley, and is just a few minutes drive from the Napa town of Calistoga. It is Sonoma County’s hottest AVA. But the Russian River, which runs through the valley, creates cooler pockets and its soft, alluvial soil is ideal for grape growing, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, some believe that Alexander Valley Cabernets truly rival the best from Napa Valley and many of the heavy-hitter producers have largely invested here.

In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up over 50% of plantings, Merlot and old vine Zinfandel thrive here. Ample, fleshy Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate white wine production. Some old-vine plantings of Grenache have also been discovered and more recent experiments with Sangiovese and Barbera show great promise.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended red wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged resulting in a wide variety of red wine styles. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a red wine blend variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

How to Serve Red Wine

A common piece of advice is to serve red wine at “room temperature,” but this suggestion is imprecise. After all, room temperature in January is likely to be quite different than in August, even considering the possible effect of central heating and air conditioning systems. The proper temperature to aim for is 55° F to 60° F for lighter-bodied reds and 60° F to 65° F for fuller-bodied wines.

How Long Does Red Wine Last?

Once opened and re-corked, a bottle stored in a cool, dark environment (like your fridge) will stay fresh and nicely drinkable for a day or two. There are products available that can extend that period by a couple of days. As for unopened bottles, optimal storage means keeping them on their sides in a moderately humid environment at about 57° F. Red wines stored in this manner will stay good – and possibly improve – for anywhere from one year to multiple decades. Assessing how long to hold on to a bottle is a complicated science. If you are planning long-term storage of your reds, seek the advice of a wine professional.

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