The 2011 Legacy is an apt showcase for the cooler vintage conditions of the year, exhibiting both high tone fruit and tremendous structural grace which winemaker Lisa Valtenbergs achieved through careful blending of bench and higher elevation blocks. Blueberry compote, black plum and purple flowers flood the nose while green peppercorn and star anise provide further backnote complexity. Beautifully textured and seamless in the entry, the palate's fruit elements arebolstered by savory and wet slate notes, with a finish lengthened by firm tannins.
Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
The Wine Advocate - "This wine, which has been separated from the Stonestreet Alexander Mountain estate, is sold under its own label. A 403-case blend from the high elevation vineyards of Alexander Valley Estate, is made by South African winemaker, Graham Weerts. A blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, it was aged 19 months in 64% new French oak. An opaque purple color is followed by lots of crushed rock minerality, sweet creme de cassis and black raspberries, and a deep, full-bodied, dusty, earthy, backward personality. It is slightly softer than Stonestreet's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignons, but will still benefit from several years of bottle age. It should keep for 15-20 years. "
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