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Limited Release
Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 - Napa Valley

WINEMAKER’S NOTE

Z. Alexander Brown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with rich aromas of
blackberry, cassis and sandalwood. Velvety, densely packed tannins support layered, mouth-filling flavors of ripe black currant, fennel, lavender and a touch of toasted spices. Smooth, balanced and complex, an elegant finesse defines the long and lingering finish.

- John Killebrew, Winemaker

VINTAGE

The 2014 vintage in Napa Valley continued the recent trend of warm, dry and ideal growing conditions. Early warm Spring weather allowed the vines to break bud early. Thankfully, the warming trend continued and our vines were off to a strong and healthy start. While California experienced drought conditions, the dry heat actually helped the vines to grow powerfully-concentrated, high-quality fruit. As harvest began the weather cooled slightly allowing slow ripening and promoting impressively complex, full-bodied flavor.

WINEMAKING

Throughout the growing season, winemaker John Killebrew visited each vineyard block regularly. The fruit for Z. Alexander Brown was harvested during the cool, early morning hours to ensure the concentrated flavors were captured at the peak of ripeness. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were de-stemmed, moved into stainless steel tanks and slowly warmed to fermentation temperatures. Following primary and malolactic fermentation, the wine was drained and gently pressed into French and American oak barrels to age and develop for 20 months. The final blend for this bold Cabernet was thoughtfully crafted as a result of multiple tastings and blending sessions featuring a selection of the best lots of the vintage.

- John Killebrew, Winemaker

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