9 Great Cabs to Try Now

A look at wines from 2007


2007 Ferrari-Carano Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5%
TOP SCORER: Immediately rather complex with wood spice tones augmented by a lovely gentle herbal element that helps to frame the core of black and red currant fruit. There’s a fine little earthy streak, as well with a soft root cellar note. This is opulent on entry, rich and seamless with masses of dark, currant fruit backed up by notes of black olive, toast and very gentle vegetal notes. A big wine but well-crafted, in the modern style no doubt; and perhaps a bit too soft, but full of rich, dark fruit that powers across the long finish. I would like to see a bit more brightness here but there is no denying the depth and complexity. Finishes with carob and dried fruit notes along with the toasty wood spice. 91pts

2007 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.7%

Layered and a bit reticent on the nose with notes of dried laurel, tobacco and black fruits gently edged with vanilla and wood spice. A bit loose on entry but gently structured like a pool of warm black raspberry coulis that enrobes the tongue. Actually rather elegant, light and expressive, with late building ripe tannins and a light minty top note on the moderately long finish. Elegant and refined with nice purity and balance. 90pts

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2007 Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Vineyard, 14.7%

Deep and powerful with scents of chocolate licorice, earth, dried fruits and gentle suggestions of vanilla. Bright and juicy in the mouth, with fresh red currant and red cherry fruits backed up by slightly drying tannins and vibrant acidity. This is a bit on the simple side but what it does it does well, with depth and freshness in the mouth. The wood spice gains a touch more prominence with time and the finish picks up some licorice and spice tones, but remains a bit clipped by the tannins. 88pts

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2007 Chateau Edmus Saint Emilion Grand Cru, 13%

Roots, dried leaves, root vegetables, spice, earth and menthol all join together on the savory nose. On entry this is quite smooth and polished, with perky acids floating beneath the surface and nice ripe tannins supporting fresh wild red berry fruit. It’s got a lot of height in the mouth and retains fine focus and freshness from start to finish. The finish is clear and cleansing with a touch of iron and some lingonberry fruit. Combines elegance and rusticity rather deftly with excellent length. 88pts

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2007 L de Lyeth Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5%

BEST VALUE: Lovely restrained black cherry and black currant fruit on the nose with earth and gentle herb undercurrents. This is snappy and focused in the mouth, a fine edge of nervous tension that keeps this fresh and crisp. The red cherry fruit is very fresh, with a touch of red plum skin and gentle suggestions of carob and dried baking spices carrying over to the aromatic finish. There’s nice length here and some finesse that carries the gently complex fruit from palate to finish. Not a powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but just a solid, well-balanced, complementary style of wine making. 87pts

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2007 Feudo Arancio Cabernet Sauvignon Sicily, 13.5%

BEST VALUE: A bit candied on the nose with notes of chocolate-covered cherries and Swedish fish with a slight, woodsy/forest floor undertone. Very soft on entry with a nice core of slightly bitter black olive-framed cherry fruit. The tannins are modest but a touch stiff, which gives this good volume in the mouth. The fruit of the mid-palate is moderately rich and well-balanced with a very clean, slightly austere finish that retains both the forest floor and light chocolate element of the nose. Simple with a touch of rustic character, and easy to drink and pair with food. Not a wow wine but it grows on you. 86pts

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2007 J. Lohr Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Hilltop, 14.9%

Layered sweet toasty oak and black cherry fruit greet the nose with a touch of mocha adding an accent. Rich and fruity with some nice tannins serving to pin down the slightly soft mass of black fruit on the palate. There’s an attractive herbal edge to the black currant fruit and while this is fairly fruit-driven today, I would drink it over the near term since the tannins seems rather stiff under the fruit. Rather mocha and cocoa-toned on the finish, which reveals a fairly pronounced vein of acidity and drying tannins, along with a little heat. Big wine, a bit clumsy, with a weirdly sticky finish. 86pts

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2007 L de Lagarde Bordeaux, 12.5%

A bit minty on the nose with notes of root vegetables, radish, light red currant fruits, some angelica root and camphor, as well clay soil tones. Rather soft an entry but with a really nice medium-bodied feel. The fruit here is simple but fresh, with ripe red berries and a fine dried herb background note. Tannins are very well-managed, gliding beneath the fruit lending just a hint of austerity to the palate. The finish is very short with astringent soil tones. Easy drinking and simple. 86pts

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2007 Brass Tacks Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon California, 13.5%

Cherry, candy licorice, mint and burnt wood notes on the nose. This is rather broad in the mouth, with fairly assertive acidity that adds considerable cut to the ripe red fruits and adds a green apple edge to the mid-palate. The mid-palate is flecked with licorice and spice, while the rather short finish shows powdery, dusty wood tones.  Easy to drink, if simple and not particularly well-balanced. 84pts

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  • Snooth User: dxeno
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    I love the Château Edmus Saint-Émilion Grand Cru! Just tried it a few months ago and gave it two #WKBadges:


    It's 85% Merlot and 15% Cab Franc and now Cab Sauv, however.

    Apr 27, 2011 at 4:21 PM

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