2017 was an outstanding year for wine grapes in the Alexander Valley. Winter rains replenished the soil moisture and prepared the vines for healthy vegetative growth throughout the warm, dry spring and summer. The dry weather resulted in very small berries that were intense with flavor and packed with color. Steady ripening created stunning flavor development
and built refined, structured tannins that were easy to extract during fermentation.
The Alexander Valley boasts rolling hills, hidden canyons, bench lands, steep peaks, sand and gravel riverbeds, riparian and chaparral habitats, volcanic geology and redwood groves. Our vineyards lie throughout the region - each revealing a unique dimension of the topography and reminding us of the importance of preserving the natural beauty and diversity of the valley. From valley floor to cliffside plantings, our small vineyard parcels tell the story of Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley.
The grapes were hand picked in the morning in early September and fully crushed and destemmed before stainless steel fermentation and 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak barrels of varying toasts for 18 months. The wine is elegantly approachable upon release with an aging potential of up to 10 years.
Producer: Outlet Wines
Appellation: Alexander Valley, California
Varietal Composition: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot
Residual Sugar: Dry
TA: 6.5 g/L