2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ruth's Vineyard, Alexander Valley

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Ruth's Vineyard Alexander Valley

2008  Cabernet Sauvignon

Ruth's Vineyard Alexander Valley

Varietal:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation:Alexander Valley
Harvest:October 2008
Fermentation:One Ton Open Top Fermenters
Barrel Aging:2 Years, French Oak, 50% New
Cases Produced:275 cases

Vineyard Description

This 90 acre vineyard, owned by Timber Crest Farms and named for Ruth Waltenspiel, is located in Alexander Valley and shares the western bank of the Russian River.  Grower Randy Peters planted clones 2, 7 & 337.  The 15 year old vines grow in Cortina soil, a gravely sandy loam, which forces the vines to work hard for water creating small berries and intense flavors.

Winemaker Notes

This wine is introduced with deep ruby hues and aromas of cigar box, cedar, black currant, and anise, with a noted minerality.  The palate is lush, juicy and focused.  A vibrant acidity, integrated tannins, and  long lingering flavors of bing cherry and spice make up the finish. Drinking well young, but will grow in complexity over the next 10 years.