The 2007 Cabernet delivers power and finesse. This wine releases the warmth of the vintage and retains the minerality, balance, and pure black fruit characteristic of our site. The aroma is an unfolding story of mocha, vanilla and black fruits and it is very focused on the palate with a super-pure cassis front and mid-palate that resolves into a finish that is just like the bouquet. This wine will age effortlessly for many, many years.
The 2007 vintage was an “easy” year. A warm growing season produced a large crop of ripe, healthy fruit. Large for us, by the way, means about 1.5 tons per acre on our Cabernet and Merlot. Nearly every quality producer made a good wine in 2007 and we were no exception! We had our earliest harvest and made our largest amount of wine to date at 544 cases. In a great year like 2007, the challenge is to produce a focused wine with balanced acidity and to not let the wine become a “fruit bomb”. Philippe worked his magic again and delivered a wine that is in many ways tighter and more focused than the lovely 2006. This wine delivers the warmth of the vintage and retains the minerality, balance, and pure black fruits characteristic of our site. This wine is beautifully delineated and, as always, a harmonious intersection of site driven fruit, the finest new French oak, and classic winemaking.