The briary aromas of our 2007 Cab leap from the glass. Paradoxically
both dark and bright, there are hints of blackberry, cassis, tar, and rose petal.


The wine is firm with ample tannin
and acidity leading to cherry flavors that expand and stream across the palate. Warm sweet oak notes discretely
extend the finish providing wonderful mouth-feel and no sharp edges. The wine is vibrant, hinting at longevity that
I did not originally anticipate.

Growing Conditions

In 2007, a warm spring followed a dry winter, so budbreak came earlier, hinting at an early harvest.
However, the relatively cool summer slowed things down and simultaneously allowed wonderful flavor
development in the grapes. Crop levels were down, and berries small, also intensifying flavor. A heat spike in late
August ramped up the harvest, but then another cool-down occurred, slowing harvest down again. Consensus—an
outstanding vintage that typically translates into rich, ripe, voluptuous, generally crowd-pleasing wines.

Vineyards: Truchard Vineyard, Rancho Chimiles, Stewart Vineyard


Bottling Date: May 7, 2009.


Fermentation: 10 days, up to 85º
Maceration: 10 days average, up to 82º


18 months in 100% French Oak, 65% new.


Youthful and dark ruby in color.