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2007

Cabernet Sauvignon

Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
Oakville, Napa Valley

Sourced from choice vine rows within the BV4 block of Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, this brooding, black-garnet beauty is a testament to the potential for power, breadth and sophistication afforded by this ideal terroir. 100% cabernet sauvignon, it boasts vivid varietal character beginning with enticing nose bursting with cassis, black currant and tobacco leaf. The expansive palate opens slowly, first to impressions of red currant and mocha wrapped tightly around a backbone of graphite and baker's cocoa. The mid-palate adds undertones of pie crust, lavender and dark roast coffee. Massive but fine-grained tannins persist from beginning to end, supporting, broadening and lengthening this exquisite wine.

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98+ points Wine Advocate

“A slightly more opulent, broader, savory effort that comes close to the perfect 2002.  The 2007 has more noticeable tannin than the 2002 did at the same stage as well as more obvious minerality, but notes of graphite, black currant liqueur, licorice, cedar, and spice box are found in this full-bodied, multidimensional, fabulously concentrated wine.  It was aged in 100% new Taransaud French oak barrels.  Give it 5-6 years o f cellaring, and drink it over the following three decades.”
Robert Parker Jr.

94 points International Wine Cellar

“Opaque purple. Expansive, flamboyantly perfumed bouquet of black cherry, raspberry, cassis and whiffs of incense and licorice. Then sweet, creamy and suave on the palate, offering sappy dark berry preserve and floral flavors that are utterly seamless. Extremely long and gently tannic on the finish, leaving behind sweet berry and floral pastille notes. This wonderfully vibrant, deep, elegant wine will be even better with another five years or so of bottle age but I'd have no trouble knocking one off now, all by myself. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date October 9

Growing Season The 2007 growing season was preceded by a mild, dry winter. Bud break came early, setting a crop of highly concentrated berries in small clusters. Summer brought ideal weather with warm, even temperatures through veraison. Late summer brought several heat spikes followed by moderate temperatures that prevailed through harvest. Fruit had ample time for phenolics as well as sugars to reach optimum levels. The result was a slow, steady harvest of exceptional quality, with wines showing great intensity and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 40 days total maceration
• Native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in Taransaud French oak barrels; 100% new
• Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2009