California's Alexander Valley is home to big name reds like Silver Oak, Jordan & Verite. It's exceedingly rare to find one under $20 a bottle. The secret to these outstanding Cabernet's is Alexander Valley's sweltering afternoon temperatures, followed by cool nights thanks to the Russian River which runs throughout the valley. The mix of rich clay and mineral, gravelly soils are reminiscent of the best vineyards of Bordeaux, which contributes to a lower alcohol percentage while keeping the bright, rich flavors. One of our top cellar defenders of the holiday season, you could pay $80 for Silver Oak's Alexander Valley Cabernet, but Block 824 over delivers for $19.98!
"Dark fruits really stand out in this delicious Alexander Valley Cabernet. Rich with distinctive flavors of blackberry, dark berry, boysenberry and black cherry which are evident from the start. Well-structured with mocha, black tea and sage notes accenting on the lengthy, dense finish." The Wine Buyer, 94 Points