2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Notes The wine is deeply pigmented and has aromatics of perfectly ripe blackberries, plum, notes of dark chocolate, licorice and spice. The palate is refined and has exceptional texture and length.
Grapes were harvested between September 3 – October 16, 2007 at an average 24.6° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged eighteen months in a combination of 50% new French and American oak barrels and 50% one- to two-year-old oak. Coopers include Nadalié, Sylvain, Demptos, Taransaud, Ermitage, Francois Frères, Saury, Demptos (American), Kelvin (American), and Canton (American).
The balanced 2007 growing season allowed for even ripening throughout each of our Cabernet vineyards. Early in the fermentation, the berries revealed concentrated fruit forward flavors and excellent color indicating the high quality of the 2007 vintage.
The winter months, January-March, were drier than in previous years. The soils dried out prematurely and in order to bring moisture to the root zone we began to till early. Budbreak arrived earlier with the warm temperatures that spring brought. Bloom also came early with near perfect weather. This ensured good berry set for all varieties. Summer temperatures, for the most part, were temperate and consistent.
Due to the low rainfall during the winter months the vines matured more rapidly, canes lignified earlier and the period from veraison to harvest was shorter than our historical average. Cluster weights in 2007 were between 23% and 45% lower than historical weights, leading to lower yields. As the summer proceeded, irrigation strategies and canopy management became key factors in developing fruit quality. Overall, the quality was excellent and this is definitely one of the best vintages over the past decade.
91 Points - Wine Spectator Insider
Firm, intense, concentrated and well-structured, with tight dried currant, cedar, dried herb and sage flavors. Full-bodied, gaining depth and range. (Aug. 2010)
91 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa may be the finest regular cuvée produced here in nearly two decades. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by an opulent bouquet of cassis, blue fruits, crushed rocks, and floral undertones. Pure, juicy, deep, medium to full-bodied and loaded, this 2007 should drink beautifully young, yet keep for 15–20+ years. (Dec. 2009)
91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep ruby-red. Sweet, open aromas of ripe plum and currant complemented by chocolatey oak. In a fat, lush style, showing the sweetness of the vintage in spades. Not a particularly gripping wine but one that should give considerable early pleasure. The substantial tannins are dusty and fine. (May 2010)
Blend and Grape Sources 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec from estate vineyards (59%) and independent growers (41%).
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 3 - October 16, 2007
Aging/Cooperage 18 months in a combination of 50% new French and American oak barrels and 50% one- to two-year-old oak. Coopers include Nadalie, Sylvain, Demptos, Taransaud, Ermitage, Francois Frères, Saury, Demptos (American), Kelvin (American), and Canton (American).