Cabernet SauvignonAlexander Valley 2008

The 2008 Simoneau Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon features classic Alexander Valley fruit, the tiny, deeply colored berries that gain complexity in valley soils of gravelly clay loam in alluvial fans that spread outward from the Mayacamas Range.  The Russian River runs through the valley, casting moderating maritime influences that extend the growing season, bringing well-ripened complexity and distinctive layers of flavors to Alexander Valley fruit.

With less than 10 cases left of what has developed into my favorite wine, this 2008 gives you, the taster, the opportunity to appreciate what time in the bottle means.

$50, Last of a 300 case bottling, 750ml.

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85 % Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
15% Alexander Valley co-fermented field blend of
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec
Clones:  To Kalon, Niebaum, 337, 15, 7 on rootstocks 101-14, 3309, 44-53
Harvested September 21, 2006 at average 24~25° Brix
100% French Oak, 50% new, balance no more than twice-used
Aged 18 months, rack & return
Coopers:  Sylvain, Berger, Taransaud, Fouqet to enhance complexity
Alcohol 14.5% Ÿ

Tom Simoneau, grower & winemaker

Showing a deep blackberry hue, the color is rich to the rim. In the nose, the distinct bottle bouquet leads to relaxed black currant with mature cedar spice. This wine has a velvety texture in the mouth with red berry fruit, all finishing clean and long.

This coveted vineyard on the benchlands, first planted in the mid-1970’s, has been a labor of love for us.  Notable wineries such as Silver Oak, Simi, Rodney Strong and Clos du Bois have all featured Simoneau fruit in their reserve level Cabs, and most of the Harvest now finds a home with the Roth Winery.  But not quite all.

Hand harvested at the peak of ripeness (25 degrees brix), French oak aged for 18 months; this wine was begging to be laid down. Today, eight years later, we all benefit.