2017 - California
Z. Alexander Brown Cabernet Sauvignon unfolds with rich aromas of black cherry, mocha and sweet toasted oak notes. Bold tannins frame a powerful mid-palate layered with mouth-filling flavors of black cherry and milk chocolate. Smooth and balanced, an elegant finesse defines the long and lingering finish.
The 2017 vintage began on a positive note, with plenty of rain regenerating reservoirs and establishing a strong root system. Following a mild spring without any frost damage, the early summer conditions were mild, promoting even canopy growth and fruit development. It was a challenging harvest with a cool, late summer punctuated with a record-setting heat wave right before the Cabernet harvest. Fortunately, our hard work ultimately resulted in a wine we can be proud of – layered, balanced, and delicious.
Throughout the growing season, winemaker John Killebrew visited each vineyard block regularly. Picking decisions are based on winemaker evaluation, vineyard condition, and proper flavor ripeness. The grapes are picked in the cool of the morning and slowly warmed to fermentation temperatures. Early extraction with multiple pump-overs promotes great color and deep, smooth tannins. The wine then completes malolactic fermentation before blending. Complimentary oak styles are chosen to enhance the wine’s aroma, flavor and texture.
- John Killebrew, Winemaker
- Total Acid:
- 0.59 g/100ml
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