2012 Chateau St. Jean Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweet dark cherries, smoke, graphite and grilled herbs flesh out in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, a voluptuous, racy wine that captures the essence of the vintage. Firm yet well-integrated tannins support the fruit in a powerful, structured Cabernet Sauvignon that delivers tons of quality for the money. (AG)
*Top 100 Wines of 2015* Exhibits ripe and juicy, yet firm, flavors of currant and blackberry amid a gravelly earthiness before finding focus on the finish, where the tannins are chewy, revealing a licorice touch. Drink now through 2025. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley (which includes small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc) comes across as more tannic, with notes of blueberries, black raspberries and, boysenberries. The wine possesses good density, that earthy opulence that Alexander Valley Cabernets can provide, and a medium to full-bodied texture. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
Substantially tannic and robust in tar and tobacco, this wine smells and tastes big and broad, a good choice for generous cuts of meat, preferably grilled. Black cherry and blackberry expand in waves around the oak and tobacco. (VB)
This Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with inviting aromas of black cherry, wild blackberries, cloves and pomegranate. The nose leads to a plush mouthfeel filled with fresh berry, and brown spice flavors. The wine is well-structured and has incredible fruit density, balance and an elegant finish. This wine is easy to drink now but will continue to reward with age.