2011 Bench Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1134622

Made by Brack Mountain Wine Company, from a coveted vineyard in the Southern Alexander Valley along the western bench of the Mayacamas range. We continue to be impressed by the value offered by this winemaking team up in Sonoma County, and are thrilled to be the first retailer in the nation to receive the 2011 in stock at a great price. The rocky, volcanic soils of this vineyard make for superb drainage and the situation offers perfect early and mid-day sun exposure for Cabernet to ripen. The 2011 vintage saw reduced yields of fruit with structure and depth, producing a sturdy, layered Cabernet with a core of ripe black fruit an complexity from aging in oak. Great for grilling!

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2013 | Send Email
As your eyes graze on the zillions of domestic Cabernet Sauvignons online or in our stores, be sure to give them a sitdown at the nearest bench, or should I say 'Bench', specifically the remarkable 2011 version of this robust, well-constructed Cab from the folks at Brack Mountain. Selected from low-yielding prime Alexander Valley benchland fruit, this rich, purple-hued wine resonates from the glass with bright cherry and blackberry aromatics, rousing the palate with a pronounced core of chewy, lustrous, black currants, seductive spice and cedar notes, all bracketed by firm acidity and serious, mouth-watering tannins. And consider this: you can enjoy all of this for less than a third the price of those neighboring seventy-five dollar Cabs in the weighty bottles and cool labels. Kinda like wise thrift shopping, right?
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2013 | Send Email
The Bench Cabernet Sauvignon from Brack Mountain remains a staff favorite from year to year. The 2011 is very approachable and well rounded in flavors. The oak is nicely integrated with blackberry and light spice. This will be great with steak or other red meats.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2013 | Send Email
Pencil shavings and herb accents on the nose lead into a palate built around the plumier side of Cabernet Sauvignon. A smidge of the pencil shavings pops back up on the palate, too. There’s good intensity to the cool fruit flavors, which show a tart edge that keeps things lively, all framed by supple tannins. This sleek, trim and accessible Cab is a good value for the money.

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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.
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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.