lake-sonomaCABERNET SAUVIGNON – LAKE SONOMA ALEXANDER VALLEY

 

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738401_0California wines end up being quite expensive in British Columbia because of the taxes and mark-ups. Lake Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is a rare exception. Lake Sonoma Winery is a new business venture by Quails’ Gate CEO Tony Stewart and Napa Valley’s Dan Zepponi, who are also partners in Plume wines of Napa Valley. The Lake Sonoma label was established in 1977, but the Valley of the Moon estate and winery Stewart and Zepponi purchased is over 150-years-old (1863) – a true piece of California history. The grapes for the wines are all sourced from sub-appellations of Sonoma, in the case of this Cabernet, the northerly Alexander Valley, which sits above the Russian River Valley and Dry Creek. Expect cassis and blackberries, baking spice and mocha on the nose, rounded out with vanilla and mint. It has a supple palate and plenty of luscious fruit; cassis, black plum, spiced mocha and mint echo the nose. It has good length, a firm tannin structure to enjoy now and for years to come. This rich Cabernet is the ideal partner for grilled and roasted meats.
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
The mid-nineteenth century was a hugely important era for the United States wine industry, and it was in this period when Sonoma Valley was first used as a wine region. The earliest wineries which made the wide and flat valley floor their home recognized the potential the region had, and noted the fantastic climate Sonoma Valley received. Alongside this, they understood the importance of the mineral rich volcanic soils and geothermal springs of the region, which would go on to provide nutrition for millions of grape vines over the next century and a half. Today, Sonoma Valley is one of California’s premier wine producing regions, and it is widely agreed that many of the state’s finest red and white wines hail from this beautiful area.
Price: $26.99