2007 Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1060074 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate may be one of Ric Forman’s finest wines to date (keep in mind he was producing some of the great Sterling Cabernet Sauvignons of the early 1970s). The 2007 is a slightly more voluptuous, flamboyant, and exuberant version of the 2006. The color is a healthy dense purple, and the bouquet reveals plenty of creme de cassis, licorice, wood smoke, and forest floor notes, a soaring, multidimensional, velvety, full-bodied texture, and ripe tannins. The sweetness of the tannins and the wine’s lush, heady texture are reminiscent of a ripe Pomerol. It will evolve over two decades. (RP)  (12/2009)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2007 Cabernet from Forman Vineyards is not quite as aromatically developed as the very expressive 2008 version, but may be holding even greater potential for down the road. The nose is still in the midst of blossoming, but shows outstanding purity in its black fruity blend of sweet dark berries, cassis, cigar wrapper, cool eucalyptus, dark soil tones, a bit of espresso and a whisper of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and very refined in profile, with a fine core of fruit, ripe, measured tannins, fine focus and grip and a long, ripe and well-balanced finish. This is no shrinking violet in terms of octane, but I like the backend balance here better than in the 2008 Cabernet, as there is absolutely no signs of heat and the wine is beautifully complex and classy. 93+  (7/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Good medium-deep red-ruby. Lovely violet lift to the sexy, perfumed aromas of cassis, licorice and eucalyptus. Supple, sweet, pure and very ripe; large-scaled but a bit youthfully monolithic, even musclebound today. This very backward wine quickly shut down in the glass. But its big, chocolatey, very ripe tannins suggest that patience will be rewarded. (ST) 92+  (5/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Combines power with finesse in a Pauillac-like style, with rich layers of loamy earth, currant, sage, herb, olive, graphite and cedary oak. Firm, focused, taut and balanced, turning supple at points before closing up. Offers a hint of what lies ahead. (JL)  (11/2010)

K&L Notes

95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at Bibendum annual tasting in London. This has a very fine nose that is full of joie de vivre. Lively red-berried fruit, maraschino, raspberry, a touch of peppermint and great mineralite. The palate is medium-bodied, well balanced with slightly chewy tannins at the moment (they will soften) whilst the palate has an exuberance that really appeal: red cherries, strawberry and a touch of vanilla. Good length and delineation. Excellent." (05/2011)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.8