Alexander Valley, Sonoma County

Frank Family Vineyards

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

FFV first constructed as the Larkmead Winery in 1884, the building was refinished with native sandstone from the nearby hills in 1906 and still stands tall today. Blended with 11% Petite Sirah, aromas of rich dark fruits with herb spice notes. On the palate cherry and raspberry flavors with some vanilla oak and pepper spice. Firm tannins, medium finish, good mouthfeel ending with spicy fruit character. Nice! — 11 days ago

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Daniel P. Drake

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Which is this, the Zin on the bottle or the Cab Sauv in the name?

Smith Story

Sonoma Valley Cabernet Franc 2015

Shay A
9.2

Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.

I served this blind as the first red out of four in a flight of all cab francs. Every person in the room guessed Pinot based on color, and it’s hard to disagree. Certainly more translucent in color compared to most dark Cab francs. Chinon like and as far as the style of the wine itself, I think it’s also Chinon at its core with just a touch of new world flare. Not sure I’ve had such a floral cab franc. Lavender and rhubarb and the finish did a great job of requiring you to get another sip to analyze. Nice complexity. Nothing vegetal or green about this. One of the lightest cab francs I’ve had, and pairs well with lighter style meats.
— 2 days ago

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Kimberly Anderson

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Sounds delicious!

Ridge Vineyards

Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend 2013

Celebrating Tiger Woods Masters win w/ a score of -13. A 2013 vintage. In it’s prime, just like Tiger! — 5 days ago

Blue Rock

Baby Blue Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Shay A
8.9

Never heard of this. Someone asked me to taste it and call out a price point. Very juicy. Loads of ripe red fruit with a dash of spiced black fruit. Even for Sonoma, this was a touch light in body. Has around 6% Syrah and for some reason I think it was easy to pick up...there was an underripe blackberry and black pepper spice towards the end. Overall, a nice, simple, fruit forward Cab. Evidently, they are neighbors with Silver Oak and retail is $25. Solid for the price. — 14 days ago

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Dr. Owen Bargreen

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@Shay A Sounds like a really good value 👌🍷
Hayden B. Oothout

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@Shay A such a great vintage/blend for this wine

Blue Rock

Blue Rock Baby Blue Red 2012

On the sweeter side but enough tannins to be enjoyable. Light with lots of cherry and raspberry. Vanilla on the nose. Interesting wine. — 5 days ago

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Anthill Farms

Sauvignon Blanc Alexander Valley 2014

John Howard
9.0

This is a dessert wine. — 6 days ago

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Medlock Ames

Fifty Tons Cabernet Sauvignon

Loved how this wine stood up against its Napa counterparts — terrific value from Alexander Valley — 5 days ago

Ridge Vineyards

Boatman Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2016

Wow. This is a spectacular, well balanced Zinfandel offering from Ridge. Bustling blackberry with a slight hint of oak on the nose. On the palette it starts off with some juicy blackberry and cherry, then rolls right in to some slight oak with light acidity and tannins to balance it all out. This is a spectacular Zinfandel and surprising at 100% Zinfandel. Drink this now or hold it for a couple of years. Bravo Ridge! — 17 days ago

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Aperture

Soil Specific Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ron R
9.5

With spring in the air, it’s time to get your SB on.
We were expecting 17 vintage to be a bust, but these guys proved us wrong. The nose is incredible with jasmine, honeysuckle and white flowers. Palate reveals nectarines and lemon and quince. So structured on the palate with bright acidity, and complimentary sweetness. Finishes with verve and urgency. Wifey gave it a 95. Who am I to argue...
— 19 days ago

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2 cases of the Chenin Blanc. 6 bottles of this SB coming on Friday.
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@Greg Ballington Have to try the 17 now. Perfect spot!
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@David L grabbed three off the bottling truck. Sadly for the cellar, they didn’t make it back from Mexico 😜

Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Eric B
9.3

Bargain of the night and surprisingly delicious. The 06 is in a good spot right now. Pop and pour. — 6 days ago

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