2007 Lancaster Estate "Sophia's Hillside Cuvée" Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A very lovely blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with rich flavors and classic dryness. Shows delicious blackberry, black cherry, currant and dried herb flavors, touched with smoky oak, and wrapped into gentle tannins. Should age well over a decade; decant if you’re going to drink it now.
Lancaster is recognized as one of the top producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in Alexander Valley. With owner Ted Simpkins, one of the more influential figures in California wine sales, and the team of winemaker Jesse Katz and famed wine consultant David Ramey, all the pieces are in place for Lancaster to make great wines. The 2007 Lancaster Estate Sophia's Hillside Cuvee is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot aged 18 months in French oak barrels. The wine has a dark purple hue with aromas of blueberries, cinnamon and violets on the nose while the palate displays layers of complex fruit, berries, plums and dark chocolate seamlessly tied together with lush, fine tannins. The finish is smooth and long with a silkiness that makes you wish you had a bigger glass. Pair this wine with a steak or other hearty fare and you will not be disappointed. This wine can be enjoyed now if decanted 90 minutes ahead. It can go into your cellar for a good eight to twelve years where it will gain further complexity and soften up a bit. (Alex Pross, K&L Wine Club Director)