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Eponymous Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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Winemaker Notes

The wine exudes complex notes as soon as the cork is pulled. Rich dark berry characters and and hints of cigar box and herbal notes that are attributed to top Napa Cabernet, add to the intriguing aromas. Held to the light, this elegant wine shimmers with a stunning deep purple-inky color that announces the intensity of the grapes. The palate is equal to the lush color and bold aromas. Flavors mimic the nose with added nuances of roasted coffee bean and and vanilla. This Napa Valley Cabernet is rich, full and round from the initial taste and continuing as it fills the mouth, leading to a long, lingering, polished finish.

Critical Acclaim

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The great '07s continue to roll out. Nearing four years of age, this Cabernet is quite soft, although it was probably soft to begin with. It’s showing a few signs of age, with the rich, ripe, chocolaty flavors of blackberries, cherries and cassis beginning to dry out. Should continue to mellow in the bottle over the next six years.

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Eponymous, , California
Eponymous
In 1966, Robert Pepi's family bought a ranch with vineyards in the Napa Valley, thinking it a retreat from the city. In 1980, he and his retired father decided to start a winery on the property, giving it the name they each carried, Robert Pepi. Thefirst harvest was in 1981, and Pepi has been making wine ever since. After the winery sold, he became a consulting winemaker, working mainly in California, but traveling also to Argentina, Colorado, and Texas.

In 2008 Pepi found a Syrah vineyard with which he wanted to work, and in 2009 made Cabernet Franc from the MacAllister Vineyard and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain in Napa Valley.

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Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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