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Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander's Crown Single Vineyard
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Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander's Crown Single Vineyard 2015

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United StatesAlexander’s Crown Cabernet Sauvignon is grown inside the 22-mile-long Alexander Valley AVA ranging in elevation from 250 to 350 feet above sea level. The super cool Alexander’s Crown Vineyard averages 59 degrees, explaining its more delicate styling. It was first planted in 1971, and was the first single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in the Alexander Valley. The 63-acre site is the first to encounter the cool breezes of the Pacific. Only Block 1, planted to Clone 4, which is from the top 15 acres of well-drained red volcanic soil, makes it into the Crown. In 2015, Alexander’s Crown is packed full of black and red fruits with a strong current of dried herbs and floral notes. The texture is crazy smooth for a mountain wine and a cabernet sauvignon. You could drink this now, but I know from experience that five to seven years’ bottle age only improves the final outcome. The final wine spent 27 months in 100 percent French oak barrels, of which 76 percent were new.Tasted: 26 January 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 94.97 BCLS NS 86.30 NSLC US 75.00 srp Producer: Rodney Strong Estate VineyardsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Varietal: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 234286UPC: 087512922259