Cabernet sauvignon thrives in the rocky, red volcanic soil that forces the vines to struggle and develop deep roots. The hardy underground systems channel valuable nutrients to the grapes and create fruit brimming with power, spice, and complexity,” says Karin WarneliusMiller, co-owner of Garden Creek Vineyards in the Alexander Valley.
Alexander Valley also has a little something extra that makes it ideal for producing cabernet. Pacific breezes coming from both the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast add a unique cooling element that gives Alexander Valley wines their signature acidity. As a whole, this terroir produces wines that are age-worthy and beautifully balanced: dark in color, powerful yet elegant in structure, and high in acid. Notes of black fruit, dried herbs, and tobacco are common.