Sloan Proprietary Red 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Sloan, now in bottle, has lived up to the extraordinary quality it exhibited from barrel. A world-class, perfumed nose of charcoal, espresso roast, white chocolate, black currants, sweet plums, Asian soy and a Grave-like scorched earth aroma soars from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine. Full-bodied and seamlessly constructed with a multidimensional mouthfeel as well as a phenomenal finish, this 2007 carries considerable tannin, but at present it is concealed by the wine’s luxurious levels of fruit, glycerin and intensity. This spectacular 2007 should drink well for 25-30+ years."
James Suckling - "A nose of sweet tobacco, coffee, chocolate, berries, and spices. Full bodied, with a delicious center palate of Christmas cakes, mulberries, chocolate, and pie crust. This is powerful and layered, intense, with a long finish. This is holding back at the moment. Delicious now, but wait six or seven years. 15+24+24+34. Find the wine."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Saturated bright ruby. Superripe, exotic scents of black raspberry, truffle, coffee/mocha and caramel oak, with an exotic note of coconut emerging with extended aeration. Plush, dense, moderately sweet and superconcentrated, with its velvety, seamless dark raspberry and mineral flavors complicated by spices. Tannins are firm, dusty and nicely integrated, showing no aggressiveness. Finishes very long, with lingering spice character. This very full but also solidly structured wine was already rich and pliant in its early years. A very ripe style."
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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 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 unto 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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