2007 La Sirena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1061438 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 La Sirena’s flagship effort, the dark ruby/purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts beautiful floral notes intermixed with black currant, blueberry, and boysenberry fruit. Full-bodied with sweet tannin as well as lovely purity, texture and length, it offers wonderful uplift and freshness, plenty of power and lots in reserve. (RP)  (12/2010)

91 points James Suckling

 Currants and sweet tobacco on the nose, this is very aromatic. Full bodied, yet reserved and very pretty, with fine tannins and a long finish. All in finesse and style, even with relatively high alcohol. Just coming around now.  (2/2011)

K&L Notes

This 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from fruit grown in several exceptional vineyards selected from the northern end of the Napa Valley. It includes 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc in an exceptionally smooth, full-flavored, and elegant wine. With perfect balance and structure, the beautiful complex berry flavors of Cabernet really shine here, and will continue to progress nicely with cellar time. Must be tried to be believed. Heidi Barret is making the style of Cabernet she loves most, and the results are truly spectacular! On the palate the wine shows off pure flavor with explosive fruit and an overall mouthcoating, silky, elegant appeal. Flavors of blackberry pie, black cherry, vanilla, and cedar reveal a wine with awesome structure and beautiful texture. This Cab just grows in the glass once the cork is pulled.


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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.