The 2010 vintage was excellent for Cabernet Sauvignon, especially in the Alexander Valley. There was a normal amount crop. but the cluster architecture was conducive to higher quality with small berries in loose, cylindrical clusters. The color of the grapes was very dark and we saw flavors develop very early during harvest, which translated into a wonderfully concentrated and sophisticated wine.
We sourced fruit from a combination of hillside and benchland vineyards in Alexander Valley. The hillside selections displayed a lot of structure, dark color and tannins while the benchland vineyards imparted a lot of flesh to the final blend, lifting the aromatics along with ripe berry and plum fruit flavors.