2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

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2007. It’s a great vintage, but where? Panic! What we need is to compare wines from various growing regions so that we can get a good idea of the quality of the vintage. Right?

Not exactly and sort of wrong, in fact. The more one drinks wine, the less impressed one might become with the ability of the “professionals” to prognosticate. The truth is, everyone has something to sell. Merchants sell wine, writers sell subscriptions or their next article, and any idiot can tell you the best way to sell something is to make it SINSATIONAL!

There’s not much sinning going on in the wine world, but as we all know when something does pop up, the “pros” are there to point out those sins – unless of course, they might endanger their access to the next great vintage! So vintages, or rather “professional” vintage assessments, should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s still important information, so how can it be made more valuable?
9 Great 2007 Cabs to Try Now
It’s a good thing to remember that most professional wine writers seem to have a single, linear scale by which to judge vintages. It is unthinkable to have great vintages that display different characters. Great vintages are the ripest vintage; that’s pretty much where the buck stops.

Of course if you don’t like super-ripe vintages, that linear scale is less useful, though I have always been partial to vintages that have historically scored around 88 to 90 points. With today’s grade inflation, that might be 88-92 points, but I for one don’t need more in my wine. A little less will do just fine, thank you.

There’s really no reason to this grouping of 2007 Cabernet-based wines, other than the obvious. If you go by the experts, the California wines should be great and the Bordeaux mediocre. Let’s take a look and see if sweeping generalizations defy logic in the world of wine!

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  • Snooth User: erniex
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    Greg, bit confused on your point here. Not strong in US vintages, but surely there are notable differences between acclaimed vintages from EU, and definitely they are not all about ripeness. Though ripe fruit quite obviously is a good starting point for any quality wine, overripe is another story. F.ex. 2003 Bordeaux which was highly praised by Parker is only getting lukewarm respond from most European critics.

    For the critics I mostly rely on, I find the keyword of a strong vintage to be balance,and for specific areas and grapes their ageing ability.
    The same critics are also keen on elaborating their assessment by further grouping into early and late drinking vintages, and for certain areas -like Bordeaux- recently also into drinking and investment vintages.

    My personal rule of thumb for Bordeaux is, that for drinking I buy the better producers in the lesser vintages, and the second/third tier down in the better vintages. This normally works out pretty well in relation to price/quality, and at the same time leaves me a good choice of styles in the cellar to choose from.
    Investment wines I just dont do, but even for those the heavy inflation in recent top vintages like 05 & 09 (soon also 10 as it seems) have created a most interesting market for the lesser praised vintages suddenly looking cheap.

    Apr 27, 2011 at 11:56 PM

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