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2007 Vineyard 7 & 8 "Estate" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1060635 95 points Wine & Spirits

 This wine grows at the Steffens family's ten-acre cabernet vineyard, planted on Spring Mountain in the early 1980s. It emphasizes the high elevation and volcanic soils of the site in its powerful mountain-grown tannin, ferrous in its tension and strength. There's supple fruit underneath, completely filling that structure with substance and style; the wine is built for collectors willing to cellar it for ten or 12 years, when the elegance of that fruit will begin to supersede the tannic power. This is Luc Morlet's first vintage as winemaker at Vineyard 7 & 8.  (12/2010)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The prodigious 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate looks terrific, with the most structure, minerality, and power of the two Cabernets, but beautiful blueberry and floral notes intermixed with camphor, creme de cassis, licorice, and forest floor. Full-bodied, with terrific texture, sweet tannin, and fabulous length and concentration, this is a wine to drink young or cellar for 25 more years. These are very impressive wines. (RP)  (12/2009)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 * Cellar Selection * Bring this bottle straight to the cellar. Don’t even think about opening it before, say, 2013. All you’ll get is a mouthful of hard, sandpapery tannins. But it’s a very deeply flavored Cabernet, packed with massive blackberry, black currant, plum and cedar flavors, and there’s a granitic minerality that must come from the soil. Very finely crafted.  (8/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby. Crushed blackberry, licorice and a whiff of blond tobacco on the youthfully medicinal nose. Densely packed and powerful, with concentrated flavors of crushed black fruits, bitter chocolate and cedar. Finishes with strong but smooth tannins that call for at least a five-year moratorium. Estate manager Wesley Steffens noted that this fruit was picked in multiple passes until November 5.  (5/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Dense, firm and rich, with a wonderful core of spicy currant, blackberry, black licorice, mocha and mineral flavors that are intense and focused, ending with an espresso flavor. Drink now through 2017.  (6/2010)

91 points Vinous

 Deep, bright ruby. Briary blackberry and boysenberry scents are accented by violet, bitter chocolate and a sexy suggestion of white fruits. Densely packed, sweet and thick but not roasted or over the top. The wine's dark fruit flavors are nicely enlivened by a hint of minerality and a touch of herbacity. This distinctly thick mountain style of Cabernet finishes with huge, ripe, mouthcoating tannins. I'd give this big boy a couple more years in the cellar to lose more of its baby fat. (ST)  (5/2017)

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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.