Jackson Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shows mountain intensity in its rich blackberry, black currant and cassis flavors. It drinks beautifully now, and will age for a decade or longer. It’s bone dry, with thick but refined long tannins, and brightened by a ne burst of fruit and acidity. Blended with a little Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot for complexity.
91-94 points, Robert M. Parker Jr., Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 15
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Jackson Estate Series is a small cuvée of 7,000 cases and a really impressive wine. The mountain vineyards seem to dominate the wine’s character, with moderately high but sweet tannin, briary blackberry and cassis fruit, and a crushed rock minerality present. The final blend was 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest the other Bordeaux varietals. This wine was about ready to go into the bottle right after I tasted it."
This wine is aged for 19 months in 79% French oak (27% new) and 21% American oak (1% new).
Established in 1984, the Alexander Valley AVA is a long, slim winegrowing region defined by the Russian River winding up its mid line and the Mayacamas Mountains lining its eastern borders. The AVA, comprised mainly of mountains, ridges, hillsides and benchlands, is filled with a diverse array of soils rich in iron based volcanic rock, gravel, sand and clay.