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Vine Cliff Private Stock Pickett Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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  • RP90
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Winemaker Notes

Our final vintage from this fantastic Calistoga estate vineyard - it just had to be a Private Stock bottling. Elegant, with great red fruit aromas and flavors.

Critical Acclaim

WE 95
Wine Enthusiast

The most tannic and closed of Vine Cliff’s magnificent array of ’07 Cabernets. It’s hard, with a bite of acidity, but it doesn’t take much for the richness to explode. Blackberries, black currants, dark chocolate, butterscotch, sweet cinnamon spice, the list goes on and on. So rich and decadent, you can enjoy it now, but it will gather momentum over the next 6–8 years.

WS 92
Wine Spectator

A rich, harmonious, supple and layered style, with tiers of black cherry, blackberry, currant and spice. Full-bodied, tight and focused, elegant and structured, ending with a mix of dark berry fruit and mineral. Drink now through 2017. 215 cases made.

RP 90
The Wine Advocate

Vine Cliff's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Pickett Road Vineyard (in the Calistoga AVA) boasts a dense ruby/purple hue along with sweet aromas of cedar, loamy soil, black currants, incense, Asian spices and subtle toasty oak. Supple textured, round, generous and seductive, it is almost an anomaly coming from this area of northeast Napa Valley. It should drink well for 15+ years.

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Vine Cliff Winery

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Vine Cliff Winery, , California
Vine Cliff
Nestled in a quiet canyon above the Silverado Trail in the world famous Napa Valley stand the breathtaking vineyards of Vine Cliff Winery. Known for rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignons from the treasured Oakville Appellation and bold Chardonnays from the acclaimed Carneros District, Vine Cliff Winery prides itself on small lots of intensely flavored, hand-made wines.

Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types...

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for nearly every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa, the region only produces about half the amount of wine, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in both quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros, and Fort Ross-Seaview. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

YNG39824_2007 Item# 111457

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