2017 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet
Our 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant expression of the very best of the varietal grown on our Alexander Valley estate. A light perfume of lavender flowers leads to a bold yet refined palate. Robust tannins and flavors of black currant and dark chocolate fill the mouth, concluding with a soft, lingering finish.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
24 months in 100% new French oak
Consistent with Lancaster Estate’s commitment to making wines of authenticity and place, all of our wines are estate grown, produced and bottled. Native yeasts are used for primary fermentation while secondary malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in barrel. To preserve the truest expression of our estate, the Lancaster Estate 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon was gently fined and then bottled unfiltered. The 2017 Reserve was aged 24 months in French oak. We chose barrels from several coopers including Darnajou, Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage, Saury, Bel Air and Sylvain. 100% of the barrels were new and all were coopered using a combination of Medium, Medium Plus, Medium Long, and Heavy toast levels to provide optimal integration and balance.
The 2017 vintage gave us a wet winter followed by a relatively cool spring which would seem to be the making of a typical growing season. A Labor Day heat spike stalled the grapes from maturing for about two weeks, setting up a later than normal harvest. Throw in some wild fires and it made for an overall unique vintage.