Aperture Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley|
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The year 2016 was a good one for grapes in the northern part of Sonoma County. Our cooler vineyard sites had the unique advantage of a long and moderate growing season. With this mellow, even weather, our fruit ripened gently. The result: deep flavors with complex, integrated tannins, and lively characteristics that make this vintage one of our best. Four hillside Cabernet vineyard sites, all with mineral-rich volcanic soils, are always the first focus of this blend. In 2016, our Merlot harvest was particularly incredible, yielding stunning acidity with full and silky tannins. It was a perfect partner to the vivid fruit profile of our Alexander Valley Cabernet vineyards. This year's blend of the two achieves an uncommon, sophisticated balance.
A barrel sample, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon springs forth from the glass with vibrant black cherries, cassis and warm plums scents, backed up by hints of spice box, cedar chest, dark chocolate and tilled soil. Full-bodied and decadently fruited in the mouth, it has a taut line of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness lifting the opulent fruit to a long finish. 2,800 cases produced
Similar colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 50% new French oak) offers slightly more graphite and crushed rock as well as rich black fruits, tobacco, cedar pencil, and earthy aromas and flavors. It's a rich, full-bodied, chewy wine that has good acidity, plenty of tannins, and an outstanding finish.
Soft and silky with a backbone of lush velvety texture, this is an impressively delicious wine, tasting of blueberry mocha. With firm integrated tannins and restrained oak, it offers quiet power that persists in layers of flavor and complexity.
Ripe, with thickly layered plum sauce and warm boysenberry compote notes, lined liberally with mocha and tobacco details. Good grip offsets the forward fruit profile, though the toasty edge is a bit dominant in the end. Drink now through 2024. 2,300 cases made.
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