The 2007 vintage of Protagonist delivers classic, structured Red Mountain fruit with the hallmark dark fruit characteristics of the
vintage. The always-present dusty minerality from Red Mountain is wrapped around flavors of cherries, blackberries, dried herbs,
spice and the spine you would expect from the two most notable vineyards on Red Mountain, Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun. A very age-worthy wine, recommended cellaring 8–15 years.
69% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon,
13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot
"Polished and round, offering a juicy mouthful of plum, black currant, wet earth and hot stone flavors that push right through a fine layer of refined tannins. Impressive for its minerality, expressiveness and length. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2017. "
"Lushly aromatic and toasty, the substantial oak flavors are set against deep, brambly berry and cassis fruits. There are subtle suggestions of mint and some alcoholic heat, and an interesting orange peel scent carries into the mouth. The tannins are big and ripe and not at all bitter or too heavy."
"The 2007 Protagonist Red Mountain is made up of 69% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc with the balance Syrah and Petit Verdot. Notes of cedar, spice box, violets, cassis, and black cherry lead to a savory but slightly less concentrated wine than the Conner Lee cuvee. It has plenty of tasty fruit, ripe tannins, and good balance. Give it 2-3 years to fully blossom and drink it from 2012 to 2022."
The Wine Advocate