Medium red. Cherry, redcurrant and floral aromas are complicated by a whiff of soil. Offers good sweetness and breadth to its spicy, bright red fruit flavors. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and a hint of mocha. The fruit is mostly from Game Farm Vineyard in Oakville, which McMahon says features “rocky Tuscan soil.” This will be bottled in July.
“A great wine in the making, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (just under 10,000 cases produced) possesses a fragrant bouquet of sweet black currants, crushed rocks, earth and background oak. Full-bodied and dense, with Montelena’s typical power, tannin and reserved nature, this is a big, rich, formidably endowed red that requires 4-5 years of cellaring. That in itself is atypical of this exuberant, flamboyant vintage. Given this cuvee’s past history, this 2007 should age for 30+ years.” ─ The Wine Advocate
RP 94, ST 93, WE 92
The 2007 growing season started early thanks to a warm, dry March which resulted in early bud break. The month of April cooled down and brought us two inches of welcome rain, setting us up for very good early season growing conditions. The cool, dry weather in May was great for bloom, and we saw less shatter than normal this year. Summer was also kind. It was consistently warm with only a few heat spikes, until a strong heat wave rolled in at the end of August and lasted through the beginning of September, bringing highs in the 100’s and giving the grapes a good shove towards ripeness. Thankfully, the heat subsided, leaving us with excellent ripening conditions throughout September and October.