Our 1996 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is still a somewhat shy and brooding wine with a crimson hue. Diverse and interesting aromatics offer notes of violets, raspberry, thyme and a faint hint of coconut. On the palate, this is still a structured wine, with strong tannins and a vanilla sweetness upon entry seamlessly leading into a balanced mid-palate with depth, structure and bright acidity. It offers a very long finish marked by dried fruit flavors that linger. Decanting suggested. Given proper cellaring, this wine can be enjoyed now through 2023.
The dark ruby-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley exhibits a pronounced smoky, espresso bean, and kirsch-scented nose. Round, dense, rich, full-bodied, and open-knit, its low acid flavors are undeniably appealing. Black olives make an appearance in the wine's aromatics as it sits in the glass.