95 Points, Double Gold - Sunset International Wine Competition
And while a bottle of Alexander Valley Silver Oak will run you an average of $85, this incredible Cabernet is an absolute steal at under 40! You'll definitely want to grab some of this.
The fruit for this wine was harvested from a 1.5 acre vineyard parcel with a SSW facing slope 450 feet above the Russian River. Planted in 1998 in challenging terrain with great soil for Cabernet, the vineyard faces many challenges during the growing season. This block requires a specially designed fertilizing, irrigating, and leaf-pulling regimen to keep the vines in optimal health for growing perfect Cabernet.
The 2018 vintage turned out to be fantastically balanced. Light spring rains notwithstanding, the fruit set at Reynoso Vineyards was phenomenal. As we progressed through veraison and into harvest, temperatures were elevated but consistent providing cool nights and low winds. Our Cabernet pick began on 15 October and finished ten days later, perfectly in line with our historical average.
100% Estate Grown and comprised of 90.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.7% Petit Verdot, 1.5% Syrah and 1.4% Merlot. Hand-picked and sorted, the grapes were crushed and gently destemmed to tank for a 5-day cold soak and 22-day ferment with punchdowns 3 times daily descending as fermentation progressed. The final blend was transferred to French oak barrels in early December for a 19-month aging process. The impact of 40% new French oak on our 2018 Cabernet provides an elegant and complex tannin structure suitable for aging over 10-15 years.
APPELLATION: Alexander Valley
VINEYARDS: Estate-Grown - Hillside Fruit
VARIETAL: 90.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6.7% Petit Verdot, 1.5% Syrah and 1.4% Merlot
AGING: 19 Months in French Oak, 40% New
ALCOHOL: 14.1% by volume
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A little more structured and fragrant than previous vintages. It rested in barrel a little longer than previous years, and embellished with more new French oak. Offering aromas of dark cherry, spice, and tobacco. A full mid palate with flavors of black cherry, blueberry-pomegranate and cherry cola, embellished with toasty oak.
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Lip Smacking Delicious!
Tropical, rich, with tons of layering and depth... aromas of key lime, papaya, gala apple, cherry blossom and lemon. Flavors of melon, lime, orange, sweet lemon, Asian pear.
Deep garnet-purple in color, with notes of crushed blueberries, ripe, fresh blackberries and warm cassis plus hints of bay leaves, bark and lavender. The medium-bodied palate is chock full of crunchy black fruits, framed by ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness.
Aromas of macerated black raspberry, fresh black cherry, rose petals and a touch of butterscotch. Black cherry flavors take center stage on the palate with notes of strawberry fruit, leather and sweet toasted baking spices on the finish.
Rich and generous, with a deep purple hue. Aromas of crushed violets, ripe berries, blueberry pop-tarts, black currant, licorice, chocolate-coated espresso beans, allspice, and cedar box. Full-bodied with a plush, velvety texture.
Ripe, elegant, and juicy. Opens up with alluring aromas of red and black fruit with notes of roasted espresso, mocha, leather, mineral, fresh sage, savory spices, and cedar fill your glass.
Elegant, plush, and backed by power and grace. The nose pushes notes of ripe plum, sweet maple-cured bacon, lavender, five-spice, and blueberry. The palate is lush with cherry pipe tobacco, blackberry, raspberry held together by mineral overtones and fresh acidity.
Earthy notes of coffee bean, plum, and black pepper. Flavors of juicy black currant and black cherry explode on the palate. An uplifting freshness is carried through the mid-palate with complex and dense tannins.
Cranberry, ripe Morello cherry with layers of bramble and black raspberry. Fresh red fruit carries throughout with hints of forest floor. Tinges of kola nut, sarsaparilla, and graphite, with silky refined tannins on the finish.
Deep red hue and hints of violet teasing the senses with seductive aromas of dark fruits, wild berries, cocoa, baking spices, leather, and cigar box. Filled with saturated flavors of ripe blackberry, blueberry, cassis, cherry cola, ripe plum, fresh sage, licorice, clove, and roasted black walnut.