The 2005 growing season debuted with wet weather, followed by a moderately dry March. Ample rainfall extended well into spring, resulting in relatively late bloom and fruit set. Unseasonable precipitation in early June led to a fairly cool, pleasant summer, with very few heat spikes. Initially, there was a concern in September that cool weather and morning fog would not allow adequate time for a somewhat larger than normal crop to mature fully. However, a seemingly endless Indian summer, albeit later than usual, presented the conditions necessary to achieve optimum ripeness for our Oakville Cabernet. The long growing season encouraged the development of very ripe aromas and tannins at ideal sugar and acid levels.
2005 is a classic Oakville Cabernet vintage, so it is no surprise that this wine exhibits such heady aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis, black licorice and mocha. The mouth has superb structure, with plenty of the fine-grained, round ripe tannins as we have come to expect from the Schmidt Ranch. Notes of black cherry and cassis linger on the palate. The 2005 Alexis Cabernet promises to be enjoyable for at least 20 years.