Aromas of cassis, oak, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits and hint of eucalyptus fill the glass. This is a smooth wine with flavors of dark fruit, cassis, vanilla and chocolate. It is silky with well integrated tannins and flavors that linger for a long time.
About Alexander School Reserve:
Hank Wetzel produced AVV’s first wines in 1975 and the wine world quickly took notice of the elegant Cabernet Sauvignons from Alexander Valley. Thirty years later in 2004 he decided to focus on the flavor profile that made the valley famous, releasing a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon known as the Alexander School Reserve. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine is a testament to AVV Winemaker Kevin Hall's skill and the Alexander Valley's unique ability to grow amazing Cabernet Sauvignon.
The fruit was harvested from a single twenty five year old hilltop vineyard. These low yielding gnarly, mature vines produce loose clusters of pea sized grapes that ripen evenly and have incredible concentration, tremendous color and layers of flavor. The 2013 growing season was almost identical to 2012. The year began with another dry winter and spring, then throughout the summer experienced a warm growing season with abundant sunshine and even growing temperatures. The grapes ripened evenly, harvest started earlier than in 2013 and proceeded at a fairly quick pace. After harvest this lot was de-stemmed, fermented, then aged in French oak barrels for 24 months.