Saturday, December 4, 2021

Battle Family Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

 Battle Family Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

To our 'father-son' dinner the other night, Alec brought from his home cellar this boutique limited production family producer Alexander Valley Cabernet. He acquired this through an on-line "Wine-Text" wineclub he used while in NYC which doesn't ship to IL, hence he has dropped this source of what provided many high QPR quality labels limited production boutique labels. I post this separately as I actually didn't taste it till the next day over at his place. While Alec paid around $50 for this at that time, on-line sources and wine commerce sites widely offer later releases at $125 to $150 per bottle.

According to the rear label, only 175 cases were produced of this Sonoma County Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, "Cellared and Bottled" by Battle Family Vineyards in Santa Rosa. 

From Wine Enthusiast we learn this is from a small site where the appellation overlaps with Chalk Hill, crafted by Winemaker Patrick Sullivan. Alcohol 13.9%, aged for 20 months in 90% new oak. 

Wine Enthusiast gave this 92 points.  

From Mio Creative Services Marketing Agency in St Louis, 'Battle Family Vineyards, tucked into the rolling hills of Sonoma county is a small vineyard and a family with a dream of one day having their own wine collection. Battle Family Vineyards is a rich brand ripe with passion. We assisted their launch with print collateral and an e-commerce website.' 

That said, however, their website is no longer viable or live. 

This was dark garnet ruby colored, medium full bodied, rich concentrated firmly structured blackberry and black cherry fruits with complex layers of soy, currant, leather, cedar and clove finishing with firm gripping tannins on a long round acidic finish. 

RM 92 points.