Alexander Valley Vineyards 2004 “Top of the Crop” Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 

Posted by Keith Wallace

A bottling from AVV’s new Reserve line, this Cabernet is a good step forward for this family-owned winery. The aromatics begin with a whiff of buttered popcorn flowing into fresh tobacco and basil along with a solid dose of blackberry. The wine hits off with eucalyptus and graphite on the palate under a core of just-ripe cherries and hazelnuts. Tart cherries and cinnamon roll out in the end.

The Cabernet is definitely a middle-weight with high acidity and raw tannins that will soften after 3-6 years of aging. $35 retail. Wine Spectator will probably give this a 90-plus rating.

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