Happy Wine Wednesday! Today’s wine comes from the Alexander Valley in California. Rich, big fruit and smooth tannins make this one of the finer Cabernet Sauvignons from this small piece of Sonoma County.
The Alexander Valley is located just east of Highway 101, in the northern part of Sonoma County. With just 40 wineries (about 15,000 acres of vines!), it produces some of the finest Cabernets in the county. Rich, ripe fruit and smooth tannins are the typical traits of an Alexander Valley-produced wine. Known for some of the larger wineries like Clos Du Bois and Rodney Strong, there are many smaller, excellent wineries like Murphy-Goode and Owl Ridge, to be explored throughout the valley.
This 2010 Owl Ridge Cabernet is full of ripe fruit like cherry and raspberry. If you’re a Zinfandel fan, this is the Cabernet for you: Deep aromas of fruit and a touch of charcoal on the nose. While this is jammy and full of dark fruit, this is very smooth and velvety like a good Cabernet should be. Medium bodied with a touch of vanilla, the French oak is subtle making this a well-rounded and very enjoyable wine.
This Cabernet is at a price point at around $20 so it may be a bit more than a lot of people want to spend. Currently it is on sale at Total Wine for $17 making it a bit of a steal! Enjoy!