Alexander Valley, Sonoma County

Robert Young Estate Winery

Alexander Valley Malbec 2015

Nose of purple fruit and herb. Entry is purple bramble. Not jammy in any way. Good sharp acidity on the front. Goes to more of a underripe fig on the middle. Finish has some stiff oak astringency. I think it will take a few years to integrate. Still thinking this one is a couple of years away from the top of the hill so hold this one if you have it. If I were to do this differently, I would probably have decanted for 2 hours before serving. — 4 days ago

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Lake Sonoma Winery

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Great potential but bit young. This is a nice cab with well balanced fruit punch but a bit of youth is shown through the pyrazine notes of the green bell pepper. I bet in 5 years it would be more approachable — 15 days ago

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Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

On 8-26-19, I turned 52. I am now obsessed with cards, since I am now playing with a full deck!

My first exposure to this winery. Nice big cab, with veggie notes, green bell pepper, rosemary. Really nice.

93 points
— 21 days ago

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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Visited them the last time we were out in the Valley. Solid lineup. I think this was one of my wife's favorites
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Their single vineyard wines are really good.


Soil Specific Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Better now! Exceptional SB. — 6 days ago

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Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Shay A

Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.

I’ve had the AV ‘07 a few times over the last year and notes are consistent. Classic American oak notes of dill and coconut, with tobacco leaves and dusty blackberries. Balanced. Palate showed cocoa dusted dates, fig, and blackberries. I called this Cali cab with American oak. Thanks
@Benjamin Keator
— 9 days ago

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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

I really struggled to identify this as California cab. I have had this exact wine several times in the past, however I admit it has been a few years. This wine is drinking really well right now. Has the depth and focus and power that you would see in a twenty-year-old Rioja and does tend to be very grippy in the front, catching your attention with blackberry and herb and finishing with a nice black pepper spice and actually pretty rounded on the finish.

Hobo Wine Company

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Was wondering if my tastes moved away from this in the last 18 months, but I’m impressed once again with my last bottle of this 2016. I may be repeating myself, but this brings out much of the greatness of CA Cab Sauv (dark fruit, spice, graphite, cedar, incense) without the ponderous new oak attack and flabby extraction. High acid CS, great with food, absolutely ridiculous at $20. Will be on the lookout for more. Enjoyed with homemade burgers and fries. — 5 days ago

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Stonestreet Winery

Black Cougar Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

V05. Fabulous. Olive nose. Juicy black currant and blackberry fruit. Velvety smooth, mocha, black pepper , leather with a slight touch of eucalyptus finish. — 6 days ago

Broc Cellars

Alexander Valley Carignan 2015

130-year-old vines and 100% carbonic make for an absolutely delicious wine. Massive concentration and intensity, but only 12.8%!! Perfectly ripe plums and black cherry, florals, and rich turned soil. Fresh juicy acid and some VA keep things quite high-toned and sprightly. More please! — 14 days ago

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Stuhlmuller Vineyards

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Plenty of ripe dark fruit here - ✅ qpr for this excellent Alex Cab. A little air helped but this rounded package didn’t need much assistance. — 12 days ago

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Select Late Harvest Hoot owl Creek Vineyards H.S.S. White Riesling 2003

One of the few remaining btls from my original 20K btl cellar in the golden years of the mid 2000’s when dining with Rudy, Big Boy, Kapon and the like was my past time. Boy was that fleeting! This was out of a split and it lived up to Robert P’s enthusiasm. Gorgeous. Great acidity and went perfect with Drew’s apple cinnamon bun decadent dessert. Isn’t it funny it says WHITE Riesling?!?! — 20 days ago

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Maciej Kurka

Maciej Kurka

Speaking of Kapon have you ever had wine with Rudy K?
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@Maciej Kurka That was the Rudy mentioned above. I was at all those auctions shown in the movie but lucky for me not shown! 🤣🤣 I was just getting into buying at auctions when the sh*t began to hit the proverbial fan.
Maciej Kurka

Maciej Kurka

@Greg Gregory my wife thinks that I’m obsessed about Sour Grapes. Some days I feel sorry for Rudy since no one else was incarcerated and it had to be a big operation. My favorite part of the movie are Rudy’s Amex statements. I pause frequently and ogle the expenses :-) Quick question: do you think there is still a lot of Rudy wines floating around?