Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Alexander Valley Vineyards (Wetzel Family Estates) 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Alexander Valley Vineyards (Wetzel Family Estates) 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $14.99-$24.99, 89+ points, poured a deep ruby red trending orange toward the still broad clear wine ring.
Aromatic underbrush, cedar, blackberry, and hints of cinnamon were excellent.
Medium-plus body carried fair acidity, nearly resolved tannin (considerable sediment-decant), and a wonderful panoply of flavors; licorice flavors were strong, and Hot Tamales Candy were invigorating, but more traditional blackberry, mint, and blueberry were quite good.
Finished long on the trailing palate, warm spice, and a well integrated 14% alcohol.
Paired well with my spiced rib-eye steak and broccoli in cheddar-cheese sauce.
You're not likely to find this vintage, but if you find a more recent vintage and you give it a try, let me know your opinion.


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1 comment:

  1. Interesting note: WE recommends drinking this wine within the short window of "2-3 years" (2009-2012), but I think it's drinking just fine at the end of 2015. I've always been unclear as to just how to judge the longevity of a wine, but my guess is that a bad Cab. will always be a bad Cab., and a good Cab. will have a considerable number of years in the cellar; true about most red wines, I'm thinking!