2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON Neal 3 Vineyard , Napa Valley

For our first cabernet sauvignon, we aimed to produce a new world style wine, but one that could be enjoyed and enhanced by food. This was important to us, since as we mentioned elsewhere, we are equally passionate about food, as we are about wine. With our wine maker, this juicy fruit forward cab was blended with just about 5% malbec, enough to give it a nice crisp edge that will better compliment a great meal. The wine was aged for 17 months in new French oak barrels. This Cab was designed to have a life span beyond the one meal you will enjoy it with. Grab more than one and try it again after a little cellar aging…

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Cellar Selection Score 92:

Dark, dry and tannic in its youth, this Cab is nowhere near ready to drink. It’s just too hard and the fruit is buried under all that astringency. But it’s really good fruit, packing a whallop of blackberries and black currants. Seems to have the inherent integrity for the long haul. Try 2013–2018.  - S.H.  (7/1/2010)  - 92