1100 CASES PRODUCED 24 MONTHS IN 30% NEW FRENCH OAK
The 2011 Cabernet is something of a throwback to our early years – the blend is nearly fifty-percent Red Winery, and the heavy contribution of this vineyard, coupled with a cool, sometimes wet year, accounts for the bright, high-tone character of the 2011 and for its persistent, chewy tannin. This wine is still young and tightly wound, but after a few minutes in the glass, it opens incredibly, showing Pinot-like floral aromas, along with raspberry and cherry and notes of allspice and anise. Cherry and dusty cocoa dominate the palate, and the finish is long and a bit flinty. The 2011 should age for a long time. Drink now to 2026.
The 2010 is a Pyramid-heavy blend that shows very intense, dark color, aroma, and flavor: plums, blackberries, chocolate, smoke. The 2010 also shows some of the same surprisingly bright, high-tone finish notes as the 2009, but it is decidedly less tannic and more lush. The 2010 may not be at its peak, but it is very expressive right now and has some of the same soft, silky tannin shown by the 2005 and 2006 at the same age – all things that make it a pleasure to drink immediately. That said, this wine will be happy in the cellar for another decade.
300 CASES PRODUCED 24 MONTHS IN 30% NEW FRENCH OAK
The Pyramid is a winemaker’s darling of a vineyard. It is named for its steep, terraced front hill, but the whole place is rocky and rugged with spectacular views in every direction: Knights Valley to the east, Chalk Hill to the west and south, and Alexander Valley to the north. The steepness and exposure of the vineyard lead the Pyramid Single Vineyard Cabernet to be dark and intense every vintage. The 2012 is nearly black and surprisingly generous for how young it is. After a few minutes in the glass, the nose is bursting with Santa Rosa plum and crushed blackberry. It hits the palate with layers of sweet and savory: black olive, burned beef, plum jam. Amazing freshness, and although very tannic, more drinkable than I would have thought.
1100 CASES PRODUCED 18 MONTHS IN 30% NEW FRENCH OAK
100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, blended from all three of our estate vineyards. 2013 is a benchmark vintage for California Cabernet – the heart of the drought and a time when historically dry weather produced historically great wine. The 2013 Estate Cabernet is dark purple in color and full of dark aromas: violets and chocolate and plums. Still, for all that fruit, this wine takes time to open in the glass. It’s delicious now, but it’s gritty. Give it another decade in the cellar to be at is best.
Here is a classic gift guaranteed to delight as a present or make a splash at any holiday party – a big old bottle of wine in a handsome wooden box. In this case, a magnum of our very limited single vineyard Pyramid Cabernet from one of my favorite vintages. This gift is available to wine club members only.
Yeah, I still wake up every day and feel lost but, the fact is we’ve been doing this for quite a while now (42 years of farming and 12 years of making wine, to be precise). When my mom and dad started growing Cabernet here in 1972, they saw themselves as working in the shadow of the great French houses of Bordeaux, where the wines are typically made to be at their best after a decade rather than a few years. Thirty years later, when we started bottling Cabernet under our own label, growing and building wines to last was at the top of our list of principles. This box contains the first ten years of Alexander Valley Cabernet we produced, and it represents all forty-two years my family has spent carving out a name for Alexander Valley as a great place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. The gift includes a bottle each of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, along with tasting notes and cellaring suggestions for each vintage. The wines are packaged in a custom wooden box, bottles signed by the winemaker.
In 2005, we made a total of two dozen of these three liter bottles, each filled, corked and waxed by me and my dad, and each of them signed by us both. This is a tightly wound, tannic beast of a wine that is far more integrated and drinkable today that it was upon release. The 2005 still shows the same bright red cherry on the nose and palate that it had six years ago, but that upfront fruit is joined by a potpourri of classic aged Cabernet aromas and flavors: tobacco leaf, leather, and cloves, to pick out a few. This wine is ready to drink now with a variety of holiday fair, but it has the bones to spend at least another ten years in the cellar.
To celebrate the ten year anniversary, we have packaged each three liter bottle in a handsome wooden box, designed to increase the already considerable wow factor that always accompanies the arrival of a big bottle at a party – either as a gift to be laid away in the cellar for holidays to come, or a delicious indulgence to make this year one to remember.
Please contact us with requests and instructions for personalized inscriptions on the bottle.