Silverdale, WA 14.4% alc. (Purchased on 9/24/14)
Opaque deep, dark purple…almost black-looking with a bright pink rim. In the very intensely aromatic nose there’s cedar, mint, leather, tobacco, cocoa, black coffee and tar. In the mouth, the acidity and tannins land a direct hit…neither one overly so, but both quite obvious. More black coffee, mint, tobacco and tar with bitter dark chocolate and licorice in the mouth. A bit drying on the finish from the tannins, but overall this is a very aromatic, well-balanced and flavorful Alexander Valley Cab that clearly fits the varietal profile. Showing extremely well at nine years old…and should continue to age well for 2-3 years. But why wait?
A 2007 Wattle Creek Mendocino Red Blend and a 2009 Sauvignon Blanc were previously reviewed here. And in an effort to provide more information on this cab, check out these mostly positive Cellartracker and Snooth reviews. It appears the wine went for around $30 regular retail, so this is a great deal.