2007 was considered one of the best vintages in the past decade. Below average night temp's swinging to above average day temp's created wines with great depth, fruit profiles while retaining the essential structure. The 2007's are serious wines. This Bordeaux-based blend captured all this and more. With 8 full years in bottle, this wine is hitting a stride with fully integrated flavors and aromas from the multiple varietals blended together towards the end of barrel aging.
Desiring a red wine that exhibited balance was a motivating factor in seeking out great vineyards and producing this blend of Sonoma County's best. We feel this is a play with all key actors present. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot from various valley floor blocks in the Dry Creek bring the dusty, dried herbaceousness inside the glass, while Syrah hailing from east of Santa Rosa's Riebli Valley shows up with a lovely spice-clove profile. We certainly must mention the brief yet profound appearance form coool climate Russian River Valley Petit Sirah.
We crafted this rare table wine with your dinner table in mind...
Our 2007 vintage Sonoma Harvest took me to unique vineyards all over Sonoma county. All vineyards were harvested with slightly lower sugars than typical varieties grown in Sonoma county. We're finding that pyrizine, a chemical found in Bordeaux varietals, could be captured in the grape at higher levels when the grapes are picked early. this natural chemical offers Bordeaux blends a beautiful herbaceous character that, when balanced with oak (and especially by dinner!), can be quite appealing. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were co-fermented and barreled together while the Sirah, Merlot and the touch of Petit Sirah were added to the mix just prior to bottling. This wine was barreled for a full 18 months in order for the layered nuances to reveal themselves, occurring only after experiencing that second spring in barrel.
approxiametley 400 cases were crafted
20% new french oak