Wine: Alexander Valley
Not every great California cabernet sauvignon comes from Napa Valley, said Patrick Comiskey in the Los Angeles Times. Alexander Valley is a highly respected appellation in adjacent Sonoma County, and its cabs are “among the sturdiest in California,” characterized by robust tannins, “a warmth and generosity of fruit,” and a consistency across vintages. They exude classicism, and at a fraction of Napa’s prices.
2012 Jordan ($50). Give this “intriguingly savory” wine some air and a “cherry core of fruit” emerges.
2013 Lancaster Estate ($70). “Warm and deep,” this cab tastes of dark plum, with a background savory note and supple tannins.
2013 Stonestreet ($45). In this highend Kendall Jackson product, scents of bay leaf and cedar give way to red plum and wild cherry, a grippy mouthfeel, and “a foresty wallop of mountain tannin on the finish.”