Editorial Reviews for Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon School House Reserve
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 School House Reserve
Wine Tasting NotesDark purple color. Blueberries and wild strawberries are the dominant aromas along with faint aromas of nutmeg, cola, and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of fresh plum and black cherry are framed with a supple mouth feel and light tannins. The abundance of fruit is balanced by the pleasant French oak influence.
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.
Wine Tasting NotesThe fruit from eight different vineyard blocks was vinified and treated differently. The Merlot grapes for this blend were picked at the peak of ripeness and have excellent natural acidity. The use of selected Bordeaux yeast strains, high fermentation temperatures and frequent (twice daily) pump-overs made highly extracted wines with intense berry aromas yet soft and supple on the palate.
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Food Pairings for Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon School House Reserve
The Syrah adds bright berry flavors with loads of blueberry, blackberry and a touch of spice. Our Alexander Valley Merlot is big and powerful, so I select our softer lots with lots of blackberry, currant & cassis for Two Barrel. This wine is like drinking summer in a glass - up front you get bright berry flavors from the combination of Sryah and Merlot. Then there is a long finish that is typical of Alexander Valley Merlot.
Notes: Aged for 10 months in neutral French oak
|Total Acidity: 6.6 grams per liter|
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