It is said that "stressed vines make the best wines", because the harder the vine works to produce fruit, the more vibrant the flavor, the more balanced the acid and the smoother the tannins will be. The wines are made from grapes sourced from single vineyards that produce grapes that are not only "stressed” but are also known as some of the best vineyards in the region.
Stressed Vines' 2017 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the Reynoso Family Vineyards in the hills overlooking the Alexander Valley. The wine is inky in color with sweet black currant, orange rind, elements of warm pie crust, and luxardo cherry. The mouth shows richness with mixed dark fruits, followed by black tea, Redwood forest notes and light minerality.
The single vineyard grapes (Clones 3 and 7) are carefully hand sorted prior to de-stemming then gravity fed into small closed macro-bins where the fruit is then cold-soaked for 4 days to gently extract the flavors, color and tannins. Following a 10 day fermentation and 3 day extended maceration is placed in a combination of new and once used French oak barrels for 22 months (60% new) before being bottled and rested 6 additional months.