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2011 Swanson Vineyards Alexis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 750ml

Wine Specs

Vintage 2011
Appellation Napa Valley
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol content 14.8
Bottling Date May 2013
Harvest Dates October 15-22 (Cabernet Sauvignon), September 28th (Merlot)
Release Type Current

2011 ALEXIS CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon...

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Voluptuous, celebratory, and exquisitely finessed, our bewitchingly original Cabernet Sauvignon stands tall among Napa Valley's blockbuster Cabernets. Alexis is a wine lover's wonderland: complex, aromatically beguiling and as powerfully elegant now as ten years forward. A consistent Swanson Vineyards classic with a cult-like following, mouth-watering richness, and a friendly price tag which makes buying a case of this rare gem irresistible.


Wine Profile

Tasting Notes
Striking in appearance, with its dark ruby, violet-edged color, the 2011 Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon is immediately seductive. Very focused macerated black cherry, graphite, vanilla and forest floor aromas balance each other nicely. Round, opulent, sweet, ripe tannins surface quickly on the palate, where flavors of ripe blackberry and espresso bean are present throughout the lingering finish. This wine will continue to age gracefully for a minimum of 12 – 15 years. Try pairing with tournedos de boeuf, a prime fillet of beef, or your favorite triple-cream cheese.

Vineyard Notes
Three very unique vineyard sites provided the Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine: McClatchy, near the summit of Howell Mountain, Beckstoer’s Missouri-Hopper in Oakville, and Sleeping Lady in Yountville. The Merlot was sourced from a small block located at the foot of the Mayacamas range in Oakville.

Winemaker Notes
2011 was a very cool vintage, and one that called for prudent, conservative farming. We are fortunate to work exclusively with growers willing to farm in a manner that allows for full phenolic ripeness to be achieved, an especially critical factor in 2011. By working closely with our vineyard partners, we were able to ripen our Cabernet prior to the onset of an early wet winter in mid-October. Between heavy March rains, a cool spring and a warm mid-summer period, 2011 turned out to be a vintage with conditions quite favorable to our red Bordeaux varieties.