2007 Mayacamas Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Rose petals, savory herbs, leather, mint and plum notes open up in the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich, fleshy and textured, the 2007 captures a gorgeous balance between the raciness of the vintage and the inherent structure of this hillside site. The fruit turns darker on the finish as the tannin firms up. Although the 2007 can be enjoyed today there is little question its best days lie ahead. This is the best bottle of the 2007 I have had recently.
The shallow, rocky, volcanic soils at the Mayacamas Vineyards on Mt. Veeder in western Napa County, along the with the site's elevation (1,700-2,300 feet), warm summers and cold winters, produce small, intensely flavored berries. In 2007, the juice from the Cab, plus small proportions of Merlot and Cab Franc (9% combined), were aged for a year and a half in large oak casks, followed by another year in 60-gallon oak barrels. While the wine spent a long time in wood, the flavors it imparted are subtle and deftly woven. The wine instead focuses on bright violet, cherry and raspberry aromas, which turn plummy, with Earl Grey tea, mint and touch of cigar box on the palate. This is balanced, mid-weight Cab that's incredibly food friendly, with plenty of character, without being over the top. 91 points, Richard Jennings: "Dark red violet color; appealing, ripe currant, menthol nose; ripe currant, menthol palate with good balance; medium-plus finish." (4/2013, RJonWine.com)