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Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2004

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Estate grown, produced and bottled, our 2004 has lush ripeness, with deep black cherry and plum characters, accented by lavender and spice. Supportive tannins and layers of complexity extend over the long finish. Aged 22 months in French oak barrels, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, to retain purity of expression.

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Lancaster Estate:
Lancaster Estate remains true to the founding vision of Proprietor Ted Simpkins. We are a family owned winery, dedicated to crafting wines that are Estate grown, bottled, and produced. In 1995, we purchased the former Maacama Creek Winery and its surrounding vineyard and gave the Estate our family name, “Lancaster.” We were attracted to the site’s abundant hillsides, knowing that their diverse... Read more
Lancaster Estate remains true to the founding vision of Proprietor Ted Simpkins. We are a family owned winery, dedicated to crafting wines that are Estate grown, bottled, and produced. In 1995, we purchased the former Maacama Creek Winery and its surrounding vineyard and gave the Estate our family name, “Lancaster.” We were attracted to the site’s abundant hillsides, knowing that their diverse elevations, aspects and slopes would provide a wide range of micro-climates from which we could produce wines of intensity and concentrated varietal character. We craft Estate grown, bottled and produced wines that honor and reflect their origins. Our commitment to cultivating our land’s expression through an integrated approach to winegrowing ensures that our wines consistently retain a definitive richness of character. As a result, we produce wines which are singularly identifiable as Lancaster Estate. The Estate is located at the southernmost tip of Alexander Valley, and includes 53 hillside acres of vineyard surrounding the winery. Situated near the confluence of the Knights Valley and Chalk Hill appellations, this location offers a great diversity of soils and micro-climates and the optimum growing conditions for Bordeaux varieties. Our Estate is uniquely blessed with warm days and cool nights, and a longer growing season than other Cabernet-driven appellations. As a result, our wines express their rich, ripe flavors with bright vibrancy and balance. The property consists of 24 vineyard blocks that are sub-divided into 27 distinct sub-blocks. The vineyard is planted exclusively to the classic Bordeaux varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Tasting Room Tastings and Private Tour and Tastings are available, Monday - Saturday by appointment, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. *Beginning Sunday, April 18, we will be open every day through November. We recommend advance notice as space is very limited. Please note, we cannot accommodate groups larger than 6 people without prior notice. Read less

Member Reviews for Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

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Snooth User: Jason W
3082832
4.00 5
08/28/2007

I must qualify this review with the fact that I work for the winery, however, having spent a good 10 years in the industry working for other wineries, I have had the opportunty to taste Lancaster Estate 2004 blind against some of the big dogs - Lokoya, Verite', Harlan Estate, Opus One, Rudd, to name a few. Out of a flight of 12 wines, the 2004 placed shockingly high - at #3. I say "shockingly" because I honestly did not believe an Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon could hold its weight against most top tiered, Napa Valley Cabs. This is the first vintage from Jennifer Higgins, with Dave Ramey consulting. It's a big, dense, full-bodied wine that will catch the interest of serious Cabernet lovers. It has mine! Thank goodness I have such easy access.


Snooth User: globaljeff
1964035
5.00 5
06/11/2009

Lancaster makes an outstanding estate grown blend, and the 2004 was one of the best vintages to date. I love the vanilla that comes through from the french oak. The 2001 Lancaster estate is even better, but getting difficult to find.


Snooth User: jkagel
81001919
4.00 5
11/24/2009

Light red in appearance almost ruby in color. Hints of caramel, vanilla, and smoke on the nose. Delicious fruit flavors from plum up front to a subtle currant towards the end. Very well balanced and tasting excellent right now (10/09)


Snooth User: robert97470
32849418
5.00 5
12/16/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
12/21/2007

Yes, it is that good....2nd, wine and spirits out of 100 in the world in 2007


External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
01/25/2008

In case you haven't heard - this wine lives up to the awards and accolades. Pick up a case and revel in the magic!


External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/24/2009

Estate grown, produced and bottled, our 2004 has lush ripeness, with deep black cherry and plum characters, accented by lavender and spice. Supportive tannins and layers of complexity extend over the long finish. Aged 22 months in French oak barrels, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, to retain purity of expression.


External Review
09/08/2008

Estate grown, produced and bottled with David Ramey as consulting winemaker, this Cabernet Sauvignon has lush ripeness, with deep black cherry and plum characters, supportive tannins, and layers of complexity that carry over into the long finish. Aged 22 months in French oak barrels, the wine was bottled unfiltered, and were it from Napa, it would surely fetch upwards of $150... If you love Jordan or Silver Oak, you'll be blown away by the power an quality of this Alexander Valley neighbor!



Estate grown, produced and bottled, our 2004 has lush ripeness, with deep black cherry and plum characters, accented by lavender and spice. Supportive tannins and layers of complexity extend over the long finish. Aged 22 months in French oak barrels, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, to retain purity of expression.

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