Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley|
A famous wine from the early days of The Wine Advocate, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander's Crown Single Vineyard comes from a lower elevation of 250 to 360 feet. The wine displays broad, sweet crème de cassis, black cherry and blueberry fruit, some licorice, graphite, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and outstanding length and purity. This is a beauty, and makes me think back to the great 1974, which was the first one I remember tasting.
Cedar, graphite and concentrated plum aromas mark the nose of this full-bodied wine from the southern end of the appellation, where it's cool and breezy from the Pacific Ocean. Entirely varietal, it shows a wealth of red and black berry fruitiness, dotted with dried herb.
Tightly wound and well-structured, displaying chewy, extracted tannins that give this a mouth-puckering presence reminiscent of a barrel sample. Not shy on intensity or power, this will benefit from a year or two of cellaring. Best from 2019 through 2029. 2,122 cases made.