#30 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
The second vintage of this blend, it represents our version of a "winemaker's wine." Having spent so much time working in Bordeaux and visiting Burgundy, the Loire and the Rhone, I'm deeply steeped in French winemaking tradition, including their orientation toward the growing site or region. Thus, all our wines are either vineyard designates or regional blends. While Annum is an appellation wine, it is the one blend we make each year that allows us to select from a range of vineyards to make the best blend possible that vintage. This second release is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. Vineyards chosen include the J. Davies Vineyard on the Schramsberg Estate (56%), the Larkmead Vineyard (36%), and Somerston Vineyard (8%).
"A bold, rich, expansive style, offering tiers of opulent blackberry and wild berry flavors, with touches of black and red licorice and a notable rustic hot brick wall earthiness, all of it dense, focused, complex and concentrated. Ends with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,700 cases made. "
"From high on Diamond Mountain, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum exhibits an inky/blue/purple color as well as a smoky barbecue note in its creme de cassis, blackberry, licorice and camphor-dominated aromatics. This powerful, rich, stunningly concentrated 2007 will benefit from another 2-4 years of bottle age and should drink well for 20-25 years thereafter.
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated ruby. Powerful aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry pit and pipe tobacco. Fleshy and gently sweet, offering chewy dark fruit flavors and an exotic rose pastille quality, with dusty tannins adding back-end grip. Extremely rich but surprisingly graceful, with excellent finishing clarity and spicy persistence. I really like the balance of fruit to tannins here.
International Wine Cellar