Avalon Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petite Syrah.
Exhibits aromas of raspberry, blackberry, mint and black cherries. Vanilla and short bread cookie notes from oak aging bring balance and frame the ripe berry flavors. Napa Valley characteristics show through with strawberries, red raspberries and a faint root beer note with quintessential Oakville dark cherries. The tannins are fine and chalky.
The Wine Advocate - "As one might expect, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (which is blended with Syrah and Merlot) is a slightly deeper wine displaying a more saturated ruby/purple color in addition to sweet creme de cassis, smoked herb, loamy soil, cedar, and spice characteristics. It should drink well for 3-4 years. I enjoyed Avalon’s 2006 efforts, and in 2007 (a brilliant vintage throughout California for nearly every varietal) they have again turned in strong performances."
Like the Indie films that inspired Avalon, our wines are original and uncut. We focus on the essence of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. We differentiate ourselves by producing flavorful wines at a decent price. We specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon and just recently branched out with our first release of Merlot from the 2009 vintage.
Avalon - AKA Paradise. According to Arthurian legend, the town of Glastonbury in the U.K. was once known as Avalon. Avalon has long been associated with paradise. It is a land of souls. Many believe that King Arthur's soul rests there and will some day rise again to defend England.
Our wines don't cost a king's ransom, but that's exactly what our Winemaker Alex Cose used to make. We joke with him and say, "Make us a wine that tastes like $75, and then let's sell it for about $15". View all Avalon 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 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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15 ratings, 13 with reviewsSam T - Santa Monica, CA412/27/2009I think this is one of the best Napa designated Cabernet at this price. Pairs well with all kinds of food.Christina H. - Dallas, TX41/12/2012Imewine - Harrisburg, PA34/8/201133/24/2011Good vanilla oak, not a ton of fruitharrison5191 - Hanover, MA42/5/2011verysmooth wineMichael Harris MD - Dunellen, NJ512/18/2010blackberry and cherry yummy smooth not overly sweet. should breathe for a hour after first openingORwino - Portland, OR312/8/2010This is a good mixed blend red wine for this price break. Smooth drinking and pairs with a wide variety of foods. Great value buy!Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA411/21/2010I tried the Avalon "California" cab - just perfect - found it locally at $8.99 - new holiday wine - great find!barbara hunter - Santa Rosa, CA510/25/2010Love this wine! Complex and fruity, it goes well with any food (or just by itself). Makes your mouth feel soft and velvety as you sip.Sarina Saville - Carmel, CA510/20/2010We love this wine. Also love the label with the four hearts. Rich fruit, great oak. Not bitter at all. Tastes like many Napa Cabs we like for a lot less $$$.Kathy Berrey - Saint Helena, CA510/6/2010I live in the Napa Valley and love to be able to afford a really tasty red. This is the choice of both my husband and me. This is frequently our selection when entertaining.Juniper - Cambridge, MA42/20/2010Very impressive for a wine of this pricechris mccawley - Frisco, TX32/28/2010Nice wine great ValueDrew Reese - Joshua Tree, CA13/4/2010This is a classic example of blended wines which seek to satisfy a sweetness threshold. At first sip, it seemed fine, but with air just kept getting sweeter and became undrinkable.William Belk - Pensacola, FL410/31/2009Too young to drink now. Nedds a few years of cellaringRelated ProductsA classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet at its best: Remarkably rich and concentrated. Tantalizing entry almost sweet with blackberry ...
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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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