90 POINTS: ROBERT PARKER - The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexis, 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, is a round, juicy, slightly earthier style of wine with a medium to full body, dense ruby/purple color, spice box, blackcurrants and loamy soil undertones in a full-bodied, rich concentrated and well-crafted style. Drink it over the next decade. -Robert Parker (12/2015)
91-94 POINTS: WINE ADVOCATE - The dense purple-colored 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexis exhibits wonderful sweet crème de cassis fruit along with a judicious hint of new oak and graphite. Perhaps the finest Alexis made by Swanson Vineyards, it possesses beautiful blue fruits, full body and 15 years of drinkability. This is a killer Cabernet. (10/2014)
Swanson Vineyard Notes: Alexis is made up of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot from unique soils across the Napa Valley. Each of the farmers is detail focused to produce the best fruit possible. There are four different AVA’s within this vintage, Calistoga (Amoenus Vineyard), Rutherford (Dalla Gasperina Vineyard), Yountville (Sleeping Lady Vineyard) and Oakville (Swanson Estate Vineyard).
Vintage Notes: In the 2013 vintage, Swanson experienced moderate temperatures and dry conditions in all its vineyard locations. All wines from the vintage, both red and white, benefited from a long, cool growing season, and this was especially true for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mission Wine & Spirits Notes: One of the great joys in life is finding an affordable bottle of Napa Cabernet that has been perfectly matured for you. When you realize that buying a $70 bottle of red wine often requires 7-10 years of maturation in a temperature-controlled cellar before it's ready to drink, it can take the wind out of your sails pretty fast. This 2013 Swanson Cab isn't only a fantastic wine for a HOT price, it's a wine that has been sitting for almost eight years in a temperature-controlled cellar, waiting for this moment. If you've ever been curious as to what perfectly-matured Napa Cabernet tastes like, this is a chance to get in on that luxury at a cost that's more than manageable. The tannins have integrated, the fruit has softened, and the texture is almost seamless. Cook yourself a steak alongside this bottle and revel in the perfect pairing. -David Driscoll