2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley

92 Points in Wine & Spirits Magazine

Wine & Spirits Magazine

92 Points

“Jeremy Nickel, son of the late Gil Nickel,... farms this ten-acre vineyard in Oakville's Halter Valley, between the Mayacamas and Vaca mountains. He grew a tight, mineral-rich cabernet in 2007, a wine with the warmth of sun on stone. Intriguing flavors develop out of the tannin, with juicy, purple-berried fruit and cool notes of conifers. This is pungent and savory, a wine to cellar for several years before decanting with lamb.”

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

89 Points – March 2011 Buying Guide

“Thick, heavy and jammy now, with blackberry, cherry, and raspberry flavors, balanced with good acidity. Your best bet is the cellar. Try after 2013.”

Steve Heimoff


 

“The 2007 springs from the glass like a trampolineist with intense masculine aromas of brambly blackcurrant, ripe black cherries, black licorice and crushed violets. The attack on the palate is severe and intense giving way to herbal notes, as well as earthy soil flavors reminiscent of clay and slate. There is a slight bitter edge to the wine that should ease up with bottle age. The spicy French oak pulls everything together although the tannins are tight and a little raw at this youthful stage. The 2007 has a very long finish and intriguing complexity due to layers of fruit, earth and oak in this full-bodied Napa wine. This delightful wine needs 3-4 years to soften up and start to express its true character but should outlive the 2005 and 2006 by 4-5 years.”

Randa Warren, Master Sommelier


 

Wine EnthusiastMagazine

"89 points - Thick, heavy and jammy now, with blackberry, cherry, and raspberry flavors, balanced with good acidity. Your best bet is the cellar. Try after 2013."

- March 2011 Buying Guide