Compared with the 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet, this has more verve and more red-fruit character – a little less supple at this early stage, more mouth-watering – less for salmon, more for beef. The cassis character from the grape marries well with the moderate use of new French oak which tends to lift the perfumes of the wine so well when used appropriately. Our Alexander Valley bottlings have aged and developed extremely well over the decade that we have been producing them. This should be no exception. In fact, it has the stuffing to run an extremely long race if allowed to. I don’t keep enough of these in library, which I should do something about.