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2007

Cabernet Sauvignon

Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

This sophisticated violet-hued cabernet sauvignon offers intense aromas of lavender, vanillin, earth and spice. The palate opens slowly to reveal layer after layer of dense, dark fruits; blueberry, black raspberry and cassis. Subtle undercurrents of black tea, sage and orange oil add further dimension as firm tannins and charcoal notes emerge to create a memorable finish. Alcohol 14.9%

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95 Points Wine Advocate

“Exhibits subtle smoky, bay leaf notes intermixed with scents of burning embers, charcoal, blackberries, and cassis.  The finest red wine I have tasted from this vineyard, it is a beautifully proportioned, full-bodied Cabernet with a hint of cool climate character as well as impressive precision and purity.  It will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and last for 25+ years.”
Robert Parker

93 points International Wine Cellar

“Glass-staining ruby. Seductive, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry, minerals, Indian spices and dried flowers. Ripe and silky, combining sweetness with enticing spiciness of cabernet fruit and a mounting floral quality. Finishes sappy and very long, with a dusting of ripe tannins and a lingering hint of vanilla. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date October 14 – 15

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 heat spikes in Napa Valley were mediated by the cooling ocean breezes that reach Carneros from the bay. 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 a single 5-ton closed-top stainless steel fermentor with indigenous yeasts
• 4-day cold soak, 32 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 88% new
• Varietal Composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2009

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