2007 Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
With a thorough understanding of the region and its winegrowers, we have identified three exceptional hillside vineyards whose well-drained soils and optimum sun exposures result in small crops of intensely flavored grapes.
Napa Valley's 2007 grape growing season was lengthy, with low yields, but extremely high quality. Bud break occurred earlier than usual following a dry winter and warm, dry spring, but fruit set was inconsistent and left small berries in loose clusters. Cool weather in early summer slowed ripening. In late August, the heat returned, but then unseasonably cool, foggy days chilled the second week of September, causing producers to leave grapes on the vine a little longer. A second heat wave at the end of September quickly finished up ripening the fruit. Although the growing season began early, the periods of cooler weather slowed maturation and caused harvest to conclude at a normal date, giving the grapes extra time on the vine. The small berries that were typical of the 2007 season developed intense varietal flavors and great concentration.
The grapes for this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon come from three of Napa Valley's finest hillside vineyards - our Oso Vineyard in Pope Valley, Suscol Ranch in southern Napa, and Atlas Peak vineyards - which boast well-drained volcanic soils and excellent sun exposures. Tony Coltrin believes these conditions, which foster vines with modest canopies and small crops of intensely flavored grapes, produce the very best Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons.
After gently de-stemming and crushing the fruit, winemaker Tony Coltrin fermented the free-run juice in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, stretching the post-fermentation maceration period to 28 days. This extended juiceskin contact time beautifully married the intense, dark fruit flavors and mature, supple tannins of our Hillside Reserve, giving the wine an opulent mouthfeel. Malolactic fermentation in barrel, combined with 18 months aging in French oak barrels, 66% new, further concentrated the wine's big, ripe fruit, adding nuances of coffee and toasted vanilla to its lush, lingering finish.
93 Points, Cellar Selection - 2007 Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
" There's quite an impressive Cabernet in here, but it's nowhere near ready to drink now. All the parts are there: rich, pure tannins, ripe blackberry and currant fruit, sweet toasty oak and a fine edge of acidity. But it all needs time to knit together. Hold until around 2014 and see what happens."
- Wine Enthusiast, December 2011
4/5 Stars - 2005 Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
"Wonderful, exotic, brooding blackberry and liquorice nose. Full and lush, wonderful texture and balance. Silky and creamy, complex and very polished."
- Decanter, January 2009
Enjoy this luxurious Cabernet Sauvignon with grilled
steak, rib roasts, lamb shanks and venison.
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Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Appellation: Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: 18 months in French oak (66% new French oak)
Wine Stats: Alcohol 14.5%, pH 3.76, TA 6.77 g/l