2009 Stonestreet "Monument Ridge" Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $40)
*Editors' Choice* Dark in color and full-bodied, this bone dry Cabernet is tannic and hard, despite having concentrated flavors of blackberry jam and black currant. It has plenty of structural integrity, and feels elegant in the mouth. Try holding it for a few years. If you drink it now, give it a few hours in the decanter.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Monument is a beautiful wine. Dark cherries, mocha, plums, spices, mint, minerals and graphite are woven together in this effortless, totally captivating wine. The 2009 impresses for its nuance, clarity and precision. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. The Cabernets are all 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Mountain Estate. Weerts gives the Cabernets 18 months in French oak barrels, 40-90% new.
Wine & Spirits
Graham Weerts blends this wine from a range of blocks along the main ridgeline of the Alexander Mountain Estate, rising from 1,200 to 1,800 feet. In 2009, the fruit ripened to black cherry and chocolate depths, a dense, juicy and silken cabernet that needs little more than a thick-cut sirloin.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good dark red. Currant, graphite and loam on the nose and palate, plus a whiff of chocolate. Supple, sweet and ripe, with harmonious acidity and suave, sweet tannins giving the wine considerable early appeal. A pinch of herbs perks up the wine's finish.