A little while back one of my readers, Mayorkl, had recommended a wine. That wine was Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. I hadn’t had an occasion to try it up until now. A friend of mine was coming to dinner. I had planned on making my favorite Homemade Lasagna and thought this would be a great wine to serve with my dinner. So I put it on my grocery list and headed out to buy what I needed for a fun meal. When I asked the wine buyer about this wine, his eyes lit up. He couldn’t say enough about this wine or any of the Alexander Valley Vineyards wines for that matter. Now I couldn’t wait.
Alexander Valley Vineyards is a family owned winery, located in the northern Sonoma, California Wine Region, in the Alexander Valley. It was the original homestead of Cyrus Alexander, a prominent 19th century rancher in Alexander Valley. The Wetzel family purchased the land from the Alexander heirs in 1962, planted vineyards, restored Alexander’s original home to its original grandeur and then finally built their winery in 1975. At the time they purchased the land, Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley was mostly prune orchards and pastures.
The Wetzel’s where among the first to plant premium grape varieties in the Alexander Valley area, producing their first wine in 1975. Their vineyards are on very diverse sites, stretching from the Russian River to the hillsides of the Alexander Valley. Each grape variety was carefully selected to match a specific soil type and exposure to ensure they achieved the very best possible results. Alexander Valley Vineyards now grows fourteen different grape varieties, 17 varietal wines, producing around 100,000 cases of wine and proprietary blends each year.
Alexander Valley Vineyards quickly established a reputation for estate-grown wines with distinctive varietal characteristics and are now acclaimed for their crisp Chardonnay and luscious Cabernet Sauvignon. Alexander Valley Vineyards brought recognition to the wine region and has become one of the leading winery in Sonoma County.
The Alexander Valley area of Sonoma is one of my favorites. It is stunningly beautiful. So that makes a visit to Alexander Valley Vineyards historic property an absolute must. If you happen to visit this amazing winery, don’t forget to go on their complimentary winery and wine cave tours. In fact, bring a picnic, relax and enjoy the beautiful vistas and peaceful environment.
This is what the winemaker has to say about this wine.
“On the nose you will find aromas of black cherry, plum, cassis, cocoa and some earthy notes. In the glass, there are flavors of black cherry, plum, cassis, chocolate and slight eucalyptus. The 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most elegant cabs the winemaker has produced in recent years.
A fine Cabernet for drinking now, and a good value. The wine feels rich and dry in the mouth, with spicy flavors of cherries, cola, herbs and sandalwood. It’s perfect with a nice charbroiled steak.”
It was all that the wine buyer and winemaker had said it would be and more. I am so grateful for my reader’s recommendation. The Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is now on my favorites list. We very much enjoyed this wine with our dinner. It added so much to our whole experience. I highly recommend you take a little time to find this one and give a try.
You can find this absolute delight of a wine at; wine.com, totalwine.com, amazon.com, BevMo.com, CostPlus/World market, and many grocery stores or wine markets.
What are some of your favorite wines? I would love to hear and showcase your suggestions.