Ludwigs Fine Wine
Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 750 ml
Our 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby in color with a magenta rim. It has an enticing nose of cassis, blackberry, vanilla, sage and spearmint. Upon entry, this wine builds from potpourri and bramble to a bright pop of raspberry on the mid-palate. A juicy finish with chewy tannins and a medium length, it will provide drinking pleasure through 2042 with proper cellaring.
B L E N D I N G AND AGING
Our 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised of 94.6% Cabernet
Sauvignon, 4.0% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.4% Malbec.
In early 2017, the final blend was transferred to American oak barrels from our
cooperage, The Oak, where it aged for 24 months. Half the barrels for our 2016
Alexander Valley vintage were new, providing a subtle, layered expression of bay
leaf, coconut and vanilla to our wines. Blending before barrel aging—a signature
of our wine making style—allows blends to be based on the inherent qualities
of their vineyard components before oak influence. Vintage to vintage, the
resulting Cabernets emerge integrated and ready to drink upon release.
V INTAGE DESCRIPTION
The 2016 vintage was the beginning of the end of the enduring drought.
Ample rainfall in the winter months filled reservoirs and soil profiles
and allowed a strong start into the growing season. Warm weather in
mid-February led to early budbreak, but we were fortunate not to see any
frost damage to the vulnerable shoots in spring. The post-bloom period
was consistently warm and steady throughout, and there were only two
smaller heat events. A few cool weeks in August followed and brought
plenty of coastal fog to protect the developing fruit. We saw steady
fruit ripening with aromatic and phenolic development in sync with
sugar accumulation. The result was healthy fruit with high flavor and
aromatic concentration plus good acidity—the perfect combination
for a one-of-a-kind wine.
2016 ALEXANDER VALLEY
94.6% Cabernet Sauvignon
0.5% Petit Verdot
0.5% Cabernet Franc
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