William Gordon Winery
2009 Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Pesonen Vineyard
California: Alexander Valley
Sorry, Silver Oak!
Great wines practically fly through our Sonoma County headquarters. We diligently scrutinize every wine that we’re offered, in order to bring you only the very best. Often, it is smaller, lesser-known wineries that take our tasting panel by surprise. These hidden-gems are some of the finest wines that we showcase.
Today’s 93 point (Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis) William Gordon Winery 2009 Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon turned out to be an extraordinary wine that we are simply crazy about. It is no wonder, as the grapes in today’s wine share a vineyard source with the likes of the widely sought-after, luxury-priced Silver Oak Winery, whose Cabernet Sauvignon fetches $75 or more. Jordan and Geyser Peak also make their top-tier wines from the same vineyard source.
You, dear Operative, are very lucky! For less than $30, you can enjoy what we feel is an even better wine than the high-priced Silver Oak. Be sure to stock up on this delicious and very impressive Ultra QPR (Quality to Price Ratio) wine.
Deepest, darkest crimson through and through, with just a hint of a translucent core. A beautiful red rim encircles the edge of the glass.
Wonderfully balanced, with sweet plum and blackberry laid overtop sweet tobacco, freshly picked mushroom, eucalyptus, cassis, nutmeg, clove, and black peppercorn.
Beautiful and lush on the palate, with fruit and earth given equal footing. Sweet plum and blackberry mingle with sweet tobacco leaf, well aged leather, sandalwood, baking spices, and a touch of floral notes.
Complex, hearty, and well structured, the long and lasting finish has just the right amount of tannin and acidity.
A pepper-encrusted steak, perfectly seared, served with rosemary and garlic herb butter.
What the Winery Says
Our limited production 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon received an additional 15 months of bottle aging before its release. This is the wine used for the Through Jimmy’s Eyes Foundation project which will help to raise money for autism research and treatment.
Aromas of blackberry,blueberry and toast. On the palate there is a balanced acidity and fine tannins as well as the bold pure dark berry flavors characteristic of the Pesonen Vineyard. There is a lingering fruit finish with soft toasty oak aromas.
93 Point Review - Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis The grapes for this powerful, intense Cabernet Sauvignon from the Pesonen vineyard at the north end of Alexander Valley have been used for iconic wines such as Silver Oak and Jordan. While Alexander Valley Cabernets are typically softer than those from Napa, this wine is as richly structured and robustly tannic as they come. Inviting aromas include cassis, bing cherry, blueberry, dark and milk chocolate, walnut, nutmeg and caramel. Chocolate layer cake, plum, stewed fruits and toasty oak notes dominate the palate, and a gentle acidity comes up on the long finish to refresh the palate. Try this with a juicy grilled steak.
- Gordon Drake, Bill Pesonen
- 93 Points - Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis
- Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 22 months in French oak
About the Winery
William Gordon Winery is the result of a shared passion for wine between Bill Pesonen and Gordon Drake. Our grapes are grown on the eastern slopes of the north end of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. These grapes have been used for Geyser Peak, Silver Oak Alexander Valley, and Jordan Cabernet.