Vine Cliff Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Palate: Intense at entry with bright sweet fleshy currant, blackberry, and cassis fruits. Hints of dark chocolate and licorice add complexity to the intense black fruits. The flavors build into a rich, full bodied mid palate that has a... View More
Pretty much as good as Napa Cabernet gets. Shows the blackberries, black currants, blueberries and spicy plums of Oakville and scads of spices, and the tannin-acid structure is, in a word, superb. The oak elaboration is just about perfect, adding a tasteful layer of smoky, buttered toast. The finish goes on and on.
Classic Cabernet themes of cassis and black olives run through the length of this wine while careful accents of vanilla, caramel and a hint of sweet cream add a nice boost in richness. If just a touch tough and hot at the finish, the wine hints at polish and plushness to come, and its impressions of concentration, depth and continuity ease any doubts that it will do other than grow into real beauty with age.
A ripe, rich, supple style, with a pure core of ripe currant, blueberry and blackberry flavors, with spice and floral scents. Full-bodied and concentrated, with a finish that shows off mineral, graphite and loamy earth notes. Drink now through 2017.