Over thirty years ago Rod Strong observed that the cool, foggy nights that regularly enshrouded the winery, though crucial in the ripening process of fine pinot noir and chardonnay, were less than ideal for growing cabernet sauvignon. For that, Rod would have to look north to the Alexander Valley, where the days are warmer and the strong influence of the cool Pacific Ocean is diminished. Today we farm 232 acres of prime cabernet sauvignon in the well-drained alluvial, volcanic, and uplifted shale/sandstone soils on the benches and hillsides of the celebrated Alexander Valley. Aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and currant lead to a rich, layered mouthfeel, replete with black cherry, cedar and cassis, and structured with lush, mature tannins. Enjoy this seductive cabernet sauvignon now and over the next several years.