From The California Wine Tasting Adventures of Erik Wait, the 2005 profile of the Alexander Valley Reserve followed by the 2006 of Napa Valley Reserve which is on sale today:
My seventh pour was the 2005 Alexander Valley Reserve. It is a “right bank” Bordeaux blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Cabernet Franc aged in 80% new oak barrels (75% Hungarian and 25% French) for 22 months. This wine displays black currants, strawberry preserves, cigar box, and tobacco. Although it has a hefty price tag at $50 a bottle it will easily compete with many similar wines in the Napa Valley in the $60-$75 range.
The eighth sample was the 2006 Napa Valley Reserve. A “left bank” Bordeaux blend 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot, it was aged in 50% new oak barrels (50% Hungarian and 50% French) for 22 months. A slightly bigger and earthier wine than the Alexander Valley, with cassis, coffee, mint, sweet oak and toast notes. On the palate the tannins have a firm grip and yet the wine glides across the palate leaving a long cherry finish. This wine sells for $50 a bottle.