Fact: The buzz surrounding the 2007 vintage in Napa Valley should have Cabernet Sauvignon lovers as excited as they were about the 1997 vintage. Many will also be looking for bargains, which this wine is at $26 a bottle.
The year was perfect for producing grapes with intense fruit flavors and soft tannins. The blend of Cabernet grapes used in the wine includes fruit from Rutherford, adding a subtle violet quality, as well as nearby Oakville.
Aromas of blackberry, black currant and dark red fruit mingle with a touch of violet and cocoa. Let it open a little in your glass and let notes of oak and vanilla come into play. The dark fruit notes carry over to the taste, which is also marked by hints of cedar. A full, rich finish lingers after each sip.
Feeling: I likes me some smooth Cab, and this one fills the bill nicely. It’s soft yet full-bodied on the tongue, which makes it enjoyable by itself. The alcohol content isn’t too far gone at 14 percent, so pair it with a big ol’ hunk of red meat, anything from lamb to a beefy Irish stew.