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2007 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 55% slope 14.9% $40

Dark and earthy with some saddle leather early on the nose. A hint of cooked vegetables, mostly celery and peppers, adds some nice underlying complexity to the core of black cherry fruit. The oak is well judged and adds some framing spice and a top note of vanilla. This explodes in the mouth with bold yet fresh tobacco and earth-tinged black cherry fruit. There’s a long vein of a slightly medicinal aspect that drives through the back end with some gingerbread and toasted almond oak.  This is big and full flavored, but its intensity does not come with thickness or excessive weight on the palate. A beautiful Cabernet, this is bold and structured with super fine yet firm tannins, solid length and emerging complexity. 94pts

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