Tasting Notes

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon starts with appealing aromas of dark chocolate and purple violets as well as the developed, dense flavors of dark fruit. Blackberry, black cherry and ripe black beauty plums layer with cassis, beautifully balanced earthy notes and a hint of saddle leather. Polished tannins and a subtle, lingering finish create a stunning rendition of all that a Cabernet is. The wine is aged for 21 months in 52% new French oak.

The Year

The 2007 vintage remind us a lot of 2005, which we considered both as a classic Washington Vintage. Bud break started around the third week in April, and very warm, sunny days filled the summer. We had plenty of heat units to fully ripen the grapes. Then the weather cooled off a little earlier than usual, dropping into the 80s around the end of August. This cooling-down period maximized flavor development. The 2007 wines express exceptional fruit intensity, remarkable natural acidity, and exquisite balance.

Viticulture

Entirely estate; Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Founding member of VINEA.

Wine Specifics

Varietal(s): 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Vineyard(s): 52% Pepper Bridge, 48% Seven Hills

 

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Awards & Accolades

“Another testament to the majestic 2007 vintage, not to mention the talents of Jean-François Pellet, this elegant Cabernet Sauvignon is in every way classic: complex scents of mushroom and tomato skin adorn a fruit palette of deep black cherry and plum. That mélange carries over beautifully into the flavors, but the real story here is the wine’s gorgeous texture — so supple it’s as if the tannins have been ground to a mouthcoating fineness, lending the wines uncanny elegance and length. Drinking beautifully now, it will reward a decade’s cellaring.
— Wine & Spirits, 95 points

 

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