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Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Premier 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

France | Bordeaux | Call For Bottle Pricing | Available 2-5 Days

Alexander Valley Vineyards:
Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s nineteenth century namesake. Here, in a rural community of family farms and ranches, the Wetzel family settled. They raised livestock, cultivated bountiful gardens and restored Alexander’s original home, ma... Read more
Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures when, in 1962, Maggie and Harry Wetzel purchased a large portion of a homestead built by Cyrus Alexander, the valley’s nineteenth century namesake. Here, in a rural community of family farms and ranches, the Wetzel family settled. They raised livestock, cultivated bountiful gardens and restored Alexander’s original home, making it the center of family life. With an eye to their neighbors in nearby Napa Valley, the Wetzels boldly planted premium grape varieties, among the first in the area. Then the family built a small winery. Hank Wetzel, oldest son of Maggie and Harry, produced Alexander Valley Vineyard’s first wine in 1975. His wife Linda set up the books and managed the winery office. AVV quickly established a reputation for estate grown wines with distinctive varietal character. Acclaimed for crisp Chardonnay and luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Vineyards brought recognition to the appellation and became a leading winery in Sonoma County. Hank’s younger sister, Katie Wetzel Murphy, joined the family business in 1979. An enthusiastic ambassador, she travels the country, fueling the family-owned winery’s reputation. Today the Alexander Valley is a prominent appellation known worldwide as the source of elegant, age worthy wines. The Wetzel Family Estate now grows fourteen grape varieties, on diverse sites stretching from the banks of the Russian River up onto the hillsides. Each grape variety is matched to a specific soil type and exposure. Vineyard Manager Mark Houser and Winemaker Kevin Hall work as a team to maximize fruit flavor in the vineyard and to create balanced wines that capture the grapes’ varietal characteristics. Hank Wetzel oversees the vineyard and winery operations, and his wife Linda continues to oversee administration. Now the third generation of Wetzels has joined the winery. Harry Wetzel, IV is assistant winemaker while younger brother Robert is the National Sales Manager. Alexander Valley Vineyards produces 100,000 cases annually, 17 varietal wines and proprietary blends. Seventy-five percent of AVV’s production is red wine. Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon constitute roughly half of total production. Other varietals include Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Sangiovese, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc. CYRUS, a limited production, proprietary red wine, named in honor of the pioneer Cyrus Alexander, is AVV’s benchmark, honoring the past while signaling the future. Hank Wetzel explains, "Cyrus is a statement, our ultimate achievement. With this wine, we express our history, tradition, and excellence". We invite you to visit our tasting room daily except major holidays. Tours are available by appointment. Tasting room hours: 10am–5pm Read less

Editorial Reviews for Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Premier

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.00 5
12/14/2009

Tobacco, earth, smoke, dried flowers and plum on the nose. Really fresh on entry with soft tannins and bright acidity supporting lightly smoky, cedar edged red plum and pomegranate fruits with note of shaved bittersweet chocolate, coffee and candied raspberries adding nice top notes. The tannins turn a touch drying and aggressive with time, though they can easily be tamed with some time in bottle or decanter. The finish is long and caressing with a layered feel and lovely, fresh fruit tones. This has compelling freshness and a lightness across the palate that makes it very appealing. 90pts


Member Reviews for Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Premier

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3.00 5
12/10/2009

Bright ripe cherry aromas. Palate is deeper, with lots of blackberries and tar, black olive, fresh acidity, and a bit of alcohol on this. Might want to let it sit for a minute to soften up, or open in a year or so.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.00 5
12/10/2009

A deep earthy nose, with iron, leather and dark prune fruits. Restrained at first for a merlot, with deeper, darker fruit than common. Quickly blows up to be a fruity wine with plums and blueberry on the finish. Its meaty, and earthy throughout and quite tannic too.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
12/10/2009

Cooked meats on the nose, slightly gamey. Big smoldering black cherries in the mouth, but the finish is a little quick. Really like it.


Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
3.00 5
03/10/2011

Wetzel Family Estate Merlot, with black plum skin hue, aromas of black stone fruits, fruitcake and spice; flavor notes of plums, black cherries, nutmeg and sweet berries; balanced and very serviceable.


Snooth User: barri0s1872
802761,438
2.50 5
11/18/2009

A pretty straightforward gewurztraminer, all the typical notes on the nose, a little spice in the palate but lighter than i like.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.00 5
03/31/2009

Lots of tannins for a merlot - I really thought it was a cab based blend, however, learned that it was 100% merlot. After the shock of the tannins I could taste a lot of spice, blueberries and plums - typical merlot fare. But then the finish threw me again, in that it was meaty, and had so much structure. A merlot for cab lovers.


Snooth User: thewinegal
357269228
4.00 5
01/18/2010

Beautiful! I love being introduced to a small vineyard that produces a gem like this. Blackberries on the nose, warm and a little spicy on the palate. I can't wait to have this again...and again...and again.


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External Reviews for Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Premier

External Review
05/22/2011

Here is classic Alexander Valley Cabernet, concentrated fruit framed with soft tannins. Plums, black currant and dark cherry flavors abound in this mouthfilling wine. Try this with roast lamb, wild game or aged cheese.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThis bright flavorful wine was produced from eight individual blocks of Chardonnay. Stainless Steel and barrel fermentation with multiple yeast strains, French oak barrel aging on the yeast lees, and partial secondary or malolactic fermentation all combine to present a flavorful and complex wine. Aromas of mandarin orange, pineapple and a hint of lemon combine with rich apple and pear flavors. The wine finishes with great flavor and length.


External Review
01/03/2012

A bit chewy, with ripe berry overtones mdash; currant, blackberry and a hint of raisin. Smoke and leather on the nose, with a bright, long finish.


External Review
05/22/2011

A rustic range of well-integrated, juicy black cherry, mineral and herb flavors that linger on the finish where the tannins are mild. Drink now through 2000.


External Review
05/22/2011

Cedar, black currant, dried herb and vanilla flavors have good depth and firm tannins that persist through the finish. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
05/22/2011

This is a wine destined for greatness. The 2005 is a rich, juicy Cab with an expressive nose of cassis and spice, and flavors of black cherry and cocoa along with an undercurrent of eucalyptus and mint. The wine is already displaying a lot of concentration and depth, indicating it should keep getting better and better.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesBright aromatics and lively fruit are the hallmarks of this grape and they are clearly in the spotlight in this vintage. There's big blueberry and mocha flavors here along with a bit of black olive and some earthiness. This wine will drink great upon release or can be cellared for up to five years. Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc loves to be paired with red meats. But because the wine is less tannic, Cab Franc is often more versatile than its more regal cousin. A sausage pizza would work fine, for instance as would a dish like soy-marinated tuna.


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Tasting Notes:

Enticing aromas of toasty vanillin oak blend with ripe mixed berries and earth notes. The creamy entry introduces juicy boysenberry, dark plum and cherry fruit. Spicy cedar and blackberry appear in the long finish. The solid structure, plush flavors and firm tannins create a Cab that is drinkable now, and will cellar well for future enjoyment.

France | Bordeaux | Call For Bottle Pricing | Available 2-5 Days

Closure: Cork

Notes: Aged for 10 months in neutral French oak

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.6 grams per liter

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