Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
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.
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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".