2013 Alexander Valley Vineyards "Wetzel Family Estate" Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)

SKU #1250642 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot with a little Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine has a dark ruby/purple color and lovely blackcurrant, licorice-infused notes with subtle background wood spice. It is ripe, has an excellent texture, is medium-bodied and is best drunk over the next 3-4 years. (RP)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

The Wetzel family has been growing Cabernet Sauvignon in Alexander Valley since the 1960s, and embody the Sonoma County spirit of winemaking, charging very fair prices for estate-grown, Alexander Valley wines, yet always innovating and pursuing quality. Wines are aged in their own shotcrete-walled caves, just steps from the winery. According to the winery: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Alexander Valley wine with medium body, great fruit flavors and grippy tannins. There are aromas of dark fruit, blackberry, cherry, cassis, plum, vanilla and a slight cocoa and chocolate note. In the glass there are rich flavors of cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum, spice, tobacco and chocolate. This is a plush wine with medium body, nice balance and a long finish."

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2016 | Send Email
This bargain of a magnum is a very balanced bottling with dark red fruits, dark chocolate and fine tannins that are not too soft or plush. A defining undertone of cedar and spice makes it really interesting and rather elegant. Easy enough to drink now, or it should age well for the next couple of years. Don't miss out on this distinctive bargain!
Top Value!

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2016 | Send Email
Alexander Valley Vineyards is not the newest, coolest or most talked about winery in Sonoma; hell, they probably wouldn’t even be on that radar screen. Sometimes wine doesn’t need to be about all that nonsense, sometimes it is just about what is in the bottle, nothing more nothing less. And what AVV has been making in the world of Cabernet recently is nothing less than a revelation in the world of inexpensive options for the varietal. We’ve long sold the 2013 vintage of this wine, touting its powerful charm, tremendous structure and hallmark varietal flavors all for well under $20. In a recent Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate issue, Parker himself did the same and the wine disappeared quickly; at the time of writing this there were just a few 750mls and 375mls left, but we received notice that there was a hidden lot of magnums that could become available to us. We jumped on the opportunity and are happy to offer them to you at no upcharge for the larger format. Honestly we think that this is one of the best values in Domestic Cabernet that we’ve seen in some time. Stock up for Mother’s/Father’s Day, graduations, wedding season and any other party you can think of, because this is one can’t-miss value.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2016 | Send Email
People come in looking for California Cab at a good price all the time, and Alexander Valley Vineyards is one of the labels I always direct them to. This winery consistently puts out excellent wine for a seriously good price, and I was sad to see the latest vintage was nearly gone. Then Bryan found these magnums and I am astonished by the price. This is the same rich 2013 Cab with plenty of acid and earthy undertones to brighten the bold fruit, just in a larger size. Perfect wine to bring to a party or as an excuse to invite people over for a barbecue.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2016 | Send Email
I'm sure you've all read those strange stories of fish or frogs falling from the sky during a rainstorm in Kansas or wherever, but full magnums of Cabernet rarely fall out of the sky, and if they did, they would make quite a splash! Well, we pulled a neat trick of our own by uncovering magnums of this well-crafted, medium-weight Alexander Valley Cab, brimming with mouthwatering cherry, plum and blackberry fruits complemented by warm licorice notes and nicely textural tannins. The great thing is, you won't have to look up or wait for it to fall from the clouds, because it's right here.....cheers!

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2016 | Send Email
A classy and classical California Cabernet Sauvignon that is full-bodied, with dark fruit flavors that are complex, balanced and not flabby. I think that this wine will go well with hearty foods and will offer tons of pleasure.

By: Kelsey McNellis | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2016 | Send Email
A substantial wine with hints of dark cherry, plum, cassis and tobacco. This wine would be the perfect partner for a grilled rib eye. Easy to drink and enjoy, and you can't beat the rock-bottom price for a great California Cab!

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2016 | Send Email
This is an easy-to-like, well-composed California Cabernet that is often sought and rarely found at this price. Layered with bright red fruit (cassis, plum, cherry), the acidity on the palate seems to lift every aspect and carry it to a 30+ second finish. It is not a heavy or compact wine, but instead balanced and open for business right from the get-go - usually hard to find in the terrific 2013 vintage. In large format, this is a must for folks who love to entertain.

Additional Information:


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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14