Eponymous Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The wine exudes complex notes as soon as the cork is pulled. Rich dark berry characters and and hints of cigar box and herbal notes that are attributed to top Napa Cabernet, add to the intriguing aromas. Held to the light, this elegant wine shimmers with a stunning deep purple-inky color that announces the intensity of the grapes. The palate is equal to the lush color and bold aromas. Flavors mimic the nose with added nuances of roasted coffee bean and and vanilla. This Napa Valley Cabernet is rich, full and round from the initial taste and continuing as it fills the mouth, leading to a long, lingering, polished finish.
Wine Enthusiast - "The great '07s continue to roll out. Nearing four years of age, this Cabernet is quite soft, although it was probably soft to begin with. It’s showing a few signs of age, with the rich, ripe, chocolaty flavors of blackberries, cherries and cassis beginning to dry out. Should continue to mellow in the bottle over the next six years."
In 1966, Robert Pepi's family bought a ranch with vineyards in the Napa Valley, thinking it a retreat from the city. In 1980, he and his retired father decided to start a winery on the property, giving it the name they each carried, Robert Pepi. Thefirst harvest was in 1981, and Pepi has been making wine ever since. After the winery sold, he became a consulting winemaker, working mainly in California, but traveling also to Argentina, Colorado, and Texas.
In 2008 Pepi found a Syrah vineyard with which he wanted to work, and in 2009 made Cabernet Franc from the MacAllister Vineyard and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain in Napa Valley. View all Eponymous Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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