Friday, April 9, 2010

***+ $$$ Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2007 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, CA, is one of the wines from the widely-varied Trinchero Family Estates line, produced by California winemaking native Joe Shirley. The 2007 vintage is finished at 14% alcohol. I earlier reviewed the 2004 vintage of the Napa Valley Zinfandel and I was quite a fan.

In the glass: Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon shows as deep maroon and purple in the glass, opaque to within a half-inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Napa cab shows a sweet and fragrant fruit nose.  Suggests sweet Indian spices.

On the palate: The first elements on the palate are rich cedar and black cherry notes, followed on by some mineral slickness, slight salinity and light oak overtones.

And the wrap-up: The finish is spicy and lingering, with a clean, crisp wrap-up... once it fades.

In summary: Overall, bold and bright experience at the same time. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its clear potential with age.

Following a long-decant: Following almost a full-day decant at room temperature, the shy sweet, spiciness still comes through, along with just a touch of dry old world bramble.   The palate has held up splendidly, moving just a touch towards sweet, bright acids on the finish.

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(Review sample provided by Napa Cellars.)

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