Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Premier 2006
Editorial Reviews for Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Premier
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
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.
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.
Cooked meats on the nose, slightly gamey. Big smoldering black cherries in the mouth, but the finish is a little quick. Really like it.
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.
A pretty straightforward gewurztraminer, all the typical notes on the nose, a little spice in the palate but lighter than i like.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Premier
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cedar, black currant, dried herb and vanilla flavors have good depth and firm tannins that persist through the finish. Drink now through 2006.
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.
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.
Food Pairings for Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Premier
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.
Notes: Aged for 10 months in neutral French oak
|Total Acidity: 6.6 grams per liter|
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