Rising nearly 360 feet above the Alexander Valley floor just west of Jimtown, “The Crown” is undeniably one of Sonoma County’s best-known Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. First released as a 1974, Alexander’s Crown Cabernet Sauvignon became Sonoma County’s first single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Roughly 66 acres are planted, primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon (with just three acres of Merlot). Soils here are predominantly well-drained gravelly loam derived from river sediments and volcanic activity. In Block 1, found at the very pinnacle of the hill, the soils are deeply red and produce the most intensely flavored grapes. One of the first parts of the valley to feel ocean breezes in the afternoon, The Crown expresses Cabernet Sauvignon in a quite Bordeaux-like style, with ripe flavors centered on red fruit, generous round tannins and beautifully balanced acidity.
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot