2007 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $100)

SKU #1069838 94 points Wine & Spirits

 Check this out if you enjoyed the classic vintages of Gruaud-Larose: This is funky and complex, with the same kind of fat that St-Julien would boast.  (10/2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Rich and vibrant in acids and tannins, this Cabernet feels like it was obviously grown in a good place. It flatters the palate with blackberry and black cherry flavors, with a currant ripeness accentuated by 80% new French oak.  (7/2011)


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/17/2019 | Send Email
A classic. Spring Mountain Cab at its finest. Packed with deep, rich, explosive black and blue fruits, crème de cassis, pipe tobacco, woodsy spices and cedar. The palate is soft and luscious with silky ripe tannins. This is a really nice example of 2007 Napa Cabernet, it captures the generosity and power of the vintage without going over the top or losing varietal expression. I'm so happy to be able to offer this direct from the property!

By: John Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/17/2019 | Send Email
A fabulous mountain Cab from the legendary 2007 vintage at a gorgeous place in its evolution…What more could you want?! It has plenty of primary power left in the tank while displaying the elegance and complexity that comes with over a decade in bottle. Cassis, mulled black cherry, blackberry, and blueberry intermingle with notes of cedar, tobacco leaf, anise, baking spices, old leather, and vanilla. A touch of dark stony minerality and damp pine forest lend their Spring Mountain stamp of origin. The long and elegant finish rounds out the complete package with fine, dusty tannin. While so many current Napa releases of this pedigree cost significantly more and demand cellar time, here we have an example of a magnificent Napa mountain Cab in its prime glory years. A relative steal at the price.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/17/2019 | Send Email
Wow, what a gorgeous wine. This is right at the early part of what will be a long drinking window. Balanced for an '07, but still showing the richness of the vintage, it is a wine built on structure and depth. Deep notes of cassis and plum join a bright floral component on a nose that has hints of Margaux, but the palate screams Napa Valley with it's texture and mouthcoating fruit. We don't see many 2007s in quantities these days, much less something this good for a price this approachable. Don't miss it!

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.6