The Reichel/Smith vineyard is located on Pine Mountain, high above the valley floor in the northernmost reaches of Alexander Valley. At an elevation of 2,100 feet, it is graced with ample sunshine and is rich in volcanic soils. We processed this vintage slowly allowing for dense extraction of both color and flavor. It spent 24 months in 40% new French oak. The wine was racked 4 times the first year, 3 times the second and once during the last 6 months in the barrel. During the blending trials, it was decided to blend 5% Cabernet Franc. No filtering occurred before bottling.
This mountain fruit cab is dark in color, with great volume and full-bodied. Aromas of dark chocolate, dried dates and a hint of blueberry and annis in the background. Medium acidity and fine grain tannins lead to a long lasting finish of semi sweet chocolate, cola and date, with a faint hint of cedar.
Varietal Composition: 95% “Block 8” Cabernet Sauvignon 5% “Windacre” Cabernet France
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Brix (at harvest): 24.0
Barrel Program: Aged 24 months 100% French oak barrels, 40% new
Production: 200 cases
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