This wine grows at the Steffens family's ten-acre cabernet vineyard, planted on Spring Mountain in the early 1980s. It emphasizes the high elevation and volcanic soils of the site in its powerful mountain-grown tannin, ferrous in its tension and strength. There's supple fruit underneath, completely filling that structure with substance and style; the wine is built for collectors willing to cellar it for ten or 12 years, when the elegance of that fruit will begin to supersede the tannic power. This is Luc Morlet's first vintage as winemaker at Vineyard 7 & 8.
The prodigious 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate looks terrific, with the most structure, minerality, and power of the two Cabernets, but beautiful blueberry and floral notes intermixed with camphor, creme de cassis, licorice, and forest floor. Full-bodied, with terrific texture, sweet tannin, and fabulous length and concentration, this is a wine to drink young or cellar for 25 more years. These are very impressive wines. (RP)
* Cellar Selection * Bring this bottle straight to the cellar. Don’t even think about opening it before, say, 2013. All you’ll get is a mouthful of hard, sandpapery tannins. But it’s a very deeply flavored Cabernet, packed with massive blackberry, black currant, plum and cedar flavors, and there’s a granitic minerality that must come from the soil. Very finely crafted.
Bright medium ruby. Crushed blackberry, licorice and a whiff of blond tobacco on the youthfully medicinal nose. Densely packed and powerful, with concentrated flavors of crushed black fruits, bitter chocolate and cedar. Finishes with strong but smooth tannins that call for at least a five-year moratorium. Estate manager Wesley Steffens noted that this fruit was picked in multiple passes until November 5.
Dense, firm and rich, with a wonderful core of spicy currant, blackberry, black licorice, mocha and mineral flavors that are intense and focused, ending with an espresso flavor. Drink now through 2017.
Deep, bright ruby. Briary blackberry and boysenberry scents are accented by violet, bitter chocolate and a sexy suggestion of white fruits. Densely packed, sweet and thick but not roasted or over the top. The wine's dark fruit flavors are nicely enlivened by a hint of minerality and a touch of herbacity. This distinctly thick mountain style of Cabernet finishes with huge, ripe, mouthcoating tannins. I'd give this big boy a couple more years in the cellar to lose more of its baby fat. (ST)
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