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Sunday, February 13, 2011

2007 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon

I visited this property a few years back on one of my several Napa Valley voyages and instantly fell in love with the place because of the beautiful Sequoia Trees and cabin-style tasting room. What's perhaps even better is that their wine is usually equally impressive. I remember being quite taken with their 2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2007 Napa Cabernet is unique in that it's the first vintage they decided to use some of their coveted Tonella fruit (50 acre Rutherford Estate) in the blend. Here's a list of some of the growers they use to source the rest of the fruit from: Stagecoach, Morisoli, Lamoreaux, Boeschen, Beckstoffer, Cunat, Healy, Johnson, Madrigal, and Harris.

The color of this wine is deep and dark at the core of the glass and then the edges of the glass turn to a lighter, but still deep ruby red hue. Texture-wise the wine seems to look quite sleek, almost like a classic left-bank Bordeaux.

On the nose I immediately get classic Rutherford Cabernet aromas that send great reflexions of wines past into memory. The deep black raspberry notes that combine with dusty coco, peppercorn, and hints of forest floor are brilliant and refined. There's also hints of creme de cassis and a touch of black licorice and cedar that make up some of the secondary aromas. This wine continues to open up in the glass and unfold complex and seductive layers of aroma. Black cherry and soft hints of leather also enter the bouquet after the wine sits in the glass for around 15-20 minutes. World class bouquet...

On the palate this wine is a bit reserved at the moment (still very youthful) but still packs an enormous amount of black cherry flavor. There's also some very distinct peppercorn, cedar box, and dark chocolate flavors that dominate the mid-palate. This wine reminds me of young Cabernet from Bordeaux's Pauillac commune. It's refined, elegant, classic, sleek, and incredibly age-worthy. The finish is very long and is accompanied by hints of ripe black plum, graphite, and sweet tobacco. 93 points

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