Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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A powerful Cabernet from the hillsides of Alexander Valley, this wine is lush with blackberries, dark plum, cassis, and dark chocolate. The notes of dried herbs, black pepper, and minerality reflect the terroir of the Alexander Valley. The soft, supple, and mature tannins give this wine a strong backbone, while the 18 months of barrel aging have softened the wine enough to enjoy now. Pair this wine with grilled ribeye steak, burgers, and spaghetti Bolognese, or cellar for enjoyment over the next three to five years.

Wine Spectator: 91
From four estate vineyards on the hillsides and benchlands of Alexander Valley, this is an elegant cabernet with a lean frame. The floral scents turn toward ripe plum and dark berries, while the spicy tannins have a dark walnut-skin bitterness. Rather than being weighty with extract, this has tension and motion, a counterpoint to seared duck breast or grilled portobello mushrooms