2009 Bench Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $20)

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Made by Brack Mountain Wine Company. It is a rare thing to find a Cabernet at this price from Northern California with as much depth, complexity, and real Cabernet character as the Bench from Alexander Valley. Made by the Brack Mountain Winery, this small lot wine comes from the western bench of the Mayacamas Range, hence its name. It's full of rich and dark fruit flavors backed up by firm tannin and cedar and cigar box spices. It is a real Alexander Valley Cabernet for a great price!

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Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2012 | Send Email
Rest on this Bench! A great value in CA Cabernet.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2012 | Send Email
Our domestic section is replete with great Napa and Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignons in the $40 plus range, but there never seem to be enough to satisfy those in search of delicious, dependable, everyday Cab. Well, the conscientious, consumer-friendly, eco-driven folks at Brack Mountain Winery decided to do something about that when they crafted the Bench— an emphatic, pronounced provocation (who fired the first grape?) that buying fine Cabernet does not mean choosing between drinking well or funding your kid's higher education. This is a serious, beautifully-balanced (think Olympic-level gymnasts) red dominated by dark fruit and cedary spices from the cool Alexander Valley. Do this: serve it in a blind tasting with your guests' chi-chi Cabernets and watch them reaching for the bottle….
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2012 | Send Email
A great value for California Cabernet! I love the cool climate fruit coming from Alexander valley. Lots of cool blue fruit undertones interlaced with black licorice and sweet savory herbs like clove and anise. Loads of rich decadent fruit on the mid palate.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2011 | Send Email
This a great find for K&L. Plenty of dark fruit on the nose and palate along with spice and cedar. The rich palate is balanced by the fine tannins and good acidity so this is a perfect wine for dinner or just a night of cocktail wine. A great wine for only $20!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.