5-6-simi-landslideAlexander Valley

Opaque, deep red with a vibrant ruby edge. On the nose, cassis, red plum, black cherry, cocoa, vanilla, baking spice and toasty notes. Hints of sweet herb and floral notes add intrigue. Lifted aromatics, inviting, fresh and intriguing! Ever evolving and revealing nuances. Vibrant red berries, cassis, blackberry and plum, textural and elegant with balanced acidity. Fresh fruit on the entry with a broad mid-palate. Toasty, sweet oak frame the fruit and lend structure. Youthful, full bodied and welcoming. This wine finishes with supple ripe tannins and bittersweet cocoa. The acid balance makes this wine inviting, rich and delicious. Great food wine.

Vintage

This vintage started off with a wet spring followed by an extended growing season, ideal for fullfruit expression and ripe tannins. The warm harvest allowed grapes to reach full maturity, yielding a very well-balanced, generous vintage. The 2012 summer was a great growing season for red varietals, with daytime temperatures of 88-90°F. The cool nights and foggy mornings were great for slow, gentle ripening, releasing full-fruit expression. Most regions reported above-average yields. Our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes resulted in wines with mature flavors, ripe tannins, and elegant structure. We began picking the fruit for this wine on October 6 and finished on October 31. Brix at harvest averaged a well-balanced 24.6°.

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