2005 The Rocket Alexander Valley
Blend: 45% Cabernet, 40% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Cab Franc, 5% Petite Verdot
Cooperage: 18 months in new American oak, 42 months in neutral French oak
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Production: 175 cases
Yes, this wine has been 5 years in the making. The idea was to make something that bridges new world fruit with old-world styling. Complex, but forward fruit has been restrained with age and a full body of tannins has been tamed with time spent in neutral barrels.
The color is dark cherry, with a tinge of magenta on the lip. The nose is a restrained cassis and currant. On the palate, dark cherries and plums up-front lead to a lingering currant and cherry finish.
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