Cakebread Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
from Napa Valley, California
Our Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from several prime vineyard sites in Napa
Valley's gently sloping western benchlands. In 2007, 54% of our Benchland Select grapes
came from the acclaimed Rutherford appellation, with 46% from its equally esteemed southern
neighbor, Oakville. Each lot of grapes was hand-harvested at night to ensure the freshest flavors,
and then fermented and aged separately prior to blending.
2007 was an exceptional vintage for cabernet sauvignon in Napa Valley. This sumptuous, exquisitely structured Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon displays bright, ripe
blackberry, boysenberry and plum fruit aromas mingled with seductive scents of loamy earth and
dark chocolate. On the full-bodied, beautifully composed palate, the wine delivers wonderfully
fresh, deep and concentrated blackberry and dark plum flavors framed by round, supple tannins
and a long, succulent finish enriched by savory cocoa and mocha tones. Dense, lush and
seamless, with perfect underlying structure, this delicious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
drinks beautifully now, but will display even greater complexity with another 6-8 years' aging.
"The stunning 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is a cross-village blend of Oakville and Rutherford fruit. Aromas of graphite, burning embers, crushed rocks/flint, plums, licorice and blackberries are vaguely reminiscent of a top vintage of La Mission-Haut-Brion. Full-bodied, deep, chewy flavors, admirable purity and stunning concentration result in a profound Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20+ years. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon of this quality rarely exists at this price point."
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