With some Merlot and Cab Franc, this polished, high-altitude wine shows classic Alexander Valley mountain character. It’s soft and herbal, with a dill and thyme edge to the blackberry, cherry and red currant fruit flavors. Drinks beautifully now, with enough complexity for your best roasts.
This is one that needs some age. It shows Alexander’s Valley’s dry, soft herbal quality, a dusty sweet thyme and sage note to the cherries that’s so opposite to Napa’s chocolatey opulence, but no less complex. Best now through 2010.