Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
The 2007 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, dark, and red/purple in color with vibrant clarity and an unctuous texture. The nose is typical of Howell Mountain Cabernet and features ripe plum, cedar, tobacco, and white pepper. On the palate, the core of boysenberry, plum and cassis that defined the 2006 Aurielle remains but the fruit flavors are brighter and more layered and there is a bit more acid to compliment the intense fruit.
Well extracted and dense, the initial essence of the 2007 is stonefruit and cassis which gives way to a layered mid-palate of blueberry, cedar and black cherry and a long lingering finishe layered with hints of vanilla, cardamom and tobacco. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety with firm, fine-grained tannins and provide excellent structure. Fruit/acid balance is superb and speaks to the attention to winemaking detail.
The Wine Advocate - "A new discovery for me, Aurielle Vineyards’ 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with the hallmarks of the 2007 vintage, exuberance, opulence and pure fruit. With abundant creme de cassis notes, medium to full body and silky tannin, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 10-15 years."
Aurielle- from the Latin root AUR meaning "golden" and "sound" and inspired by the qualities of the golden ratio, the mathematical principle that describes perfection and balance in the most classical sense. The golden ratio is represented in the spiral of a Nautilus seashell and by the most pleasing compositions in music, art and architecture. It is where art and science blend to become one and it forms the essence of the no compromise wine-making philosophy that created this extremely limited production (only 358 cases) 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that Connoisseurs Guide rated 94 points. The 2008 follows the sold-out 2007 that Robert Parker rated 93 points and called "A new discovery".
This extraordinary new wine was hand crafted by Chad Alexander, Aurielle's rising-star winemaker, from fanatically tended grapes grown at two tiny, low-yielding vineyards in Napa's Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder appellations. The fruit was hand-picked and sorted, cold-soaked, fermented with natural yeast, then chilled and left to rest for an additional three weeks on the skins before spending two years aging in the finest new French oak barrels and an additional year in the bottle. A costly and time consuming process- but one that produces the elegant waves of flavor, deep purple color and silky texture that caused Robert Parker to describe it as "exuberance, opulence and pure fruit" and Wine Enthusiast to proclaim it as "delicious". View all Aurielle Wines
About Napa Valley
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 grated 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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.