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Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Spectator, 90 Wine Enthusiast, 90 Connoisseurs' Guide
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%
Item no. 108935
"The 2007 vintage gave our Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon an explosive fruit expression of ripe berry, black cherry and juicy plum character that is awesome," says Winemaker Tom Rinaldi. Dark fruit, mineral and floral notes meld with bittersweet chocolate and toffee from oak aging. The enticing violet note, which we don't see in other Rutherford vineyards, is part of Hewitt Vineyard's unique personality. The muscular tannins carry the flavors through a long finish, while balanced acidity gives a vibrancy that is sometimes lacking in powerful Cabs.
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a slightly softer, more forward wine, but it should last just as long. It is more typically Californian in its opulent black currant fruit intermixed with notes of chocolate, crushed rocks, vanilla, and black fruits. The tannins are sweeter than in the 2006, and the wine is full-bodied with a layered texture, admirable purity and depth, and a blockbuster finish with no shortage of tannin. Approachable now, it will be better in 2-3 years, and should last for 20-25 years.
Offers ripe, supple plum and currant flavors, with notes of smoky oak, crushed rock, graphite and loamy earth and touches of tobacco and cedar. Full-bodied, with a layered finish. Drink now through 2020.
Made from 100% Cabernet, this wine is very extracted and jammy, in the modern style of extreme ripeness and fruit-forwardness. Sweet oak, 70% of it new, adds layers of cream, vanilla and buttered toast. Appeals now for its juicy, New World style.
Hewitt's penchant for big, maximally ripened, highly extracted Cabernets has been toned down just a bit here, for while this wine wants for nothing in the way of stuffing, ripeness and very sweet oak, it steers away from the brink of excess and tempers its richness with a real sense of refinement. It already shows a bit of layered complexity that augers well for the future, and its balance of tannin, acid and keen Cabernet fruit guarantees a good many years of improvement.