Vine Cliff Private Stock Pickett Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
The most tannic and closed of Vine Cliff’s magnificent array of ’07 Cabernets. It’s hard, with a bite of acidity, but it doesn’t take much for the richness to explode. Blackberries, black currants, dark chocolate, butterscotch, sweet cinnamon spice, the list goes on and on. So rich and decadent, you can enjoy it now, but it will gather momentum over the next 6–8 years.
A rich, harmonious, supple and layered style, with tiers of black cherry, blackberry, currant and spice. Full-bodied, tight and focused, elegant and structured, ending with a mix of dark berry fruit and mineral. Drink now through 2017. 215 cases made.
Vine Cliff's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Pickett Road Vineyard (in the Calistoga AVA) boasts a dense ruby/purple hue along with sweet aromas of cedar, loamy soil, black currants, incense, Asian spices and subtle toasty oak. Supple textured, round, generous and seductive, it is almost an anomaly coming from this area of northeast Napa Valley. It should drink well for 15+ years.
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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...
The [Napa Valley] and [Cabernet Sauvignon] are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as [Rutherford’s] famous dust or [Stags Leap District's] tart cherry flavors.