Outlot 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley


92 points, Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast: "This is a fantastic and affordable red wine with small additions of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Rich red tangy fruit is fleshy and full on the palate. Simultaneously, the wine is well integrated and structured, with a touch of sweet oak.   VINIFICATION  In a word "unpredictable" best summarizes vintage 2015 with its early budbreak and flowering, rapid accumulation of sugars and small yields. A cool spell that hit Sonoma in mid-August brought some welcome relief and gave the crop a chance to develop phenolic maturity. Impressive extraction, great color and luscious texture were the reward of small berries. 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 harvested in the morning and fully crushed and destemmed before fermentation in 100% stainless steel. The wine was aged in French oak barrels of varying toasts for 30 months. 

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