Prescription Vineyards 2018 Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon
Big, tarry, espresso notes douse deep, resonant blackberry and arrive on a satin coat. Dry, chalky tannins abound mid-palate, with a hint of mint and shale. Expressive, big boy red, with defined structure for an age-worthy journey. ~ Meridith May, Publisher
Sourced from 1,700 feet above the valley floor on the benchlands of the Mayacamas Moutain Range in Sonoma County, California.
91 Points: “Deep garnet, black color; black fruit, licorice, and oak in the aroma, medium to full depth; full-bodied; packed on the palate, ripe tannins, textured; dry, medium acidity, very good balance; black fruit and oaky flavors; medium finish, firms up in the aftertaste.” ~ Wilfred Wong
Prescription Vineyard’s first foray into the Cabernet Sauvignon landscape has created an absolute gem. The fruit is sourced from a vineyard at 1,700 feet in elevation on the slopes of Geyser Peak Mountain, high above the Alexander Valley floor.
The dramatic west-facing hillsides on the Mayacama Mountain range possess an exquisite profile of soil that drains extremely well and shares a favorable composition that optimizes mature flavors for Cabernet Sauvignon. In these areas, Bordeaux variety grapes achieve a higher quality of tannin and intense blackberry fruit. (source: Alexander Valley Winegrowers)
Winemaker Rob Lloyd has a decade of experience working with this vineyard, so it seemed natural to create a terroir-driven Cabernet Sauvignon at the reasonable price of just $30.00 a 750ml bottle!
Prescription Vineyard’s first foray into the Cabernet Sauvignon landscape has created an absolute gem. The fruit is sourced from a vineyard at 1,700 feet in elevation on a hillside block. With Rob having a decade of working with this vineyard, it seemed a natural fit to create a terrific cab at an incredibly reasonable price. Rob likes to make rich, luscious wines, and Prescription 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon definitely qualifies.
“I love this Alexander Valley hillside vineyard,” said winemaker Rob Lloyd. “The severe hillside looks like an old volcano. It’s always the last lot of Cabernet Sauvignon to come into the winery. The berries are so tiny with deep, concentrated berries.”
Rob utilized 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from this Alexander Valley vineyard in Sonoma County, California. He tank-fermented the wine in closed-top tanks, pressed the grapes, and then barrel-aged it for 16 months using new and used, French and American oak barrels. As he loves to to, Rob the bottle aged the wine until release.
“It’s so nice to have a Cabernet Sauvignon in our Prescription portfolio to complement our Clarksburg Chardonnay,” said Bonnie Lloyd, reflecting while taking sips in the family’s kitchen. “The rich, bright fruit has notes of blackberry, cherry, and black currant. And the soft tannins have such a smooth mouthfeel that I can’t help but smile after every sip.”