Alexander Valley Vineyards

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

8.8652 ratings
8.529 pro ratings
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
"Odedi"

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. This week it's from Sonoma County.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, smoke, licorice, oak, vanilla, spices, vegetables, black pepper and vinaigrette.

Full bodied and soft with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, oak, licorice, light vanilla, vegetables, river rocks, spices, peppercorn and dark coffee.

Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 2 year old California Bordeaux Cabernet based blend is still young, and a little disappointing. Unbalanced with mild complexity. I've had previous vintages before and they were always great. Might need an additional year in the bottle to mature.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 14 months in oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

$20.

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. This week it's from Sonoma County.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, smoke, licorice, oak, vanilla, spices, vegetables, black pepper and vinaigrette.

Full bodied and soft with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, oak, licorice, light vanilla, vegetables, river rocks, spices, peppercorn and dark coffee.

Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 2 year old California Bordeaux Cabernet based blend is still young, and a little disappointing. Unbalanced with mild complexity. I've had previous vintages before and they were always great. Might need an additional year in the bottle to mature.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 14 months in oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

$20.

Aug 17th, 2018
Renato Hoyle

Black currant, chocolate, vanilla, oak, prune

Black currant, chocolate, vanilla, oak, prune

3 people found it helpfulMar 29th, 2014
Miranda Morris

My bf and I had a bottle at our favorite restaurant, and it was delicious. Slightly sweet, and very rich. Since then, we have bought 6 different bottles at different venues, and the wine was bad. The cork had crystallization on it. I tried writing the vineyard, but no response. I wouldn't take a chance of buying this wine, too expensive for bitter, spoiled wine!

My bf and I had a bottle at our favorite restaurant, and it was delicious. Slightly sweet, and very rich. Since then, we have bought 6 different bottles at different venues, and the wine was bad. The cork had crystallization on it. I tried writing the vineyard, but no response. I wouldn't take a chance of buying this wine, too expensive for bitter, spoiled wine!

2 people found it helpfulNov 3rd, 2014
"Odedi"

My Rating 90 Points.
Price $20.

Ah, it’s time for my Friday’s Cabernet fix.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus, spices, chocolates, smoke, black pepper, cloves, alcohol, cola and leather.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, graphite, cola, spices, peppercorn, smoke, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice and eucalyptus.

Medium plus in finish with firm, angular tannins and tart cherries.

This is a great Cabernet from Sonoma County, California.
Not fully balanced right now, but rather harsh with big tannins. But showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after an hour, once it opens up, and shows some of the tannins. Will be better in 3 to 7 years.

With the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were also blended smaller quantities of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Aged for 14 months in oak barrels.

I paired it with short ribs and grilled vegetables.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

My Rating 90 Points.
Price $20.

Ah, it’s time for my Friday’s Cabernet fix.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus, spices, chocolates, smoke, black pepper, cloves, alcohol, cola and leather.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, graphite, cola, spices, peppercorn, smoke, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice and eucalyptus.

Medium plus in finish with firm, angular tannins and tart cherries.

This is a great Cabernet from Sonoma County, California.
Not fully balanced right now, but rather harsh with big tannins. But showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after an hour, once it opens up, and shows some of the tannins. Will be better in 3 to 7 years.

With the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were also blended smaller quantities of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Aged for 14 months in oak barrels.

I paired it with short ribs and grilled vegetables.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

1 person found it helpfulSep 1st, 2017
Joe Paradise

Easy on the wallet and readily available. Rich gobs of dense black fruit, mocha, and blackberry leaf. Not bad for the price point.

Easy on the wallet and readily available. Rich gobs of dense black fruit, mocha, and blackberry leaf. Not bad for the price point.

1 person found it helpfulMay 14th, 2017
Caitlyn Sunderman

Nice smooth taste. Not too strong.

Nice smooth taste. Not too strong.

1 person found it helpfulMar 12th, 2017
"Odedi"

Another great wine to welcome the weekend with...

Dark ruby in color with high intensity and a purple rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, strong bell pepper, oak, vanilla, metals, licorice, dark chocolate, smoke and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, (strong) Cherries, flat Cola, Wood, vanilla, licorice, coffee, and black pepper.

Long finish with smooth tannins and some more Cola...

Great wine. Nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself or with a big juicy steak. Still young, though, and needs a few years to hang out in the bottle to get the green vegetables aroma out...
Will be gorgeous in five years.

Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Aged for 14 months in oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

Another great wine to welcome the weekend with...

Dark ruby in color with high intensity and a purple rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, strong bell pepper, oak, vanilla, metals, licorice, dark chocolate, smoke and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, (strong) Cherries, flat Cola, Wood, vanilla, licorice, coffee, and black pepper.

Long finish with smooth tannins and some more Cola...

Great wine. Nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself or with a big juicy steak. Still young, though, and needs a few years to hang out in the bottle to get the green vegetables aroma out...
Will be gorgeous in five years.

Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Aged for 14 months in oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 13th, 2016
Elizabeth Schneider

This was the 2013. It had out of balance, sweet oak to start but it was bearable. 2 nights later and I can't choke it down. Bad lot or bad vintage. This is usually a good value wine. Not so much here.

This was the 2013. It had out of balance, sweet oak to start but it was bearable. 2 nights later and I can't choke it down. Bad lot or bad vintage. This is usually a good value wine. Not so much here.

1 person found it helpfulAug 5th, 2015
Jesse Smith

not what we were looking for but still tasty-

not what we were looking for but still tasty-

1 person found it helpfulDec 29th, 2013
Dylan Peters

Sommelier Chai Consulting, Saison

8.3

Blind #2

Blind #2

1 person found it helpfulApr 22nd, 2013