($75; includes fruit from younger estate blocks as well as hillside vineyards from Spring Mountain Vineyards and another grower on Spring Mountain) Good deep ruby. Currant and fresh herbs on the nose. In a serious mountain style but with less depth to its purple fruit and bitter chocolate flavors than the estate wine is showing today. A less refined style, finishing with tannins that are a bit tough for 2007 and a lingering note of bitter chocolate. Incidentally, this seems considerably more vibrant in bottle than a somewhat porty barrel sample I tried a year ago.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
The opaque purple 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits cassis, charcoal, graphite, and sweet tannins in an exuberant, opulent style that would please both Joe the plumber and the connoisseur. It is deep, fleshy, and best drunk over the next 10-15 years.
Young, tight, with a good bit of structure. Led by dark fruit, casis, and lead pencil flavors. Pretty in the glass, good mouth feel. Will develop well for 10 to 15 years. Enjoyable now, but not really ready. Put it down and let it run.