Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Sonoma 2007
Fruit for the 2007 Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was hand harvested at night and delivered cold to the winery. After crushing and cold soaking, the grapes were left on the skins for maceration. Indigenous yeasts and stainless steel were enlisted during the fermentation process in order to extract color and flavor from the skins. Following fermentation,the wine was aged in a combination of new and seasoned oak barrels
Editorial Reviews for Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Sonoma
Purple fruit, earth, marzipan, and white pepper greet the nose, followed by well-judged toasty oak, subtle herb tones and a hint of bitter medicinal root aromas. There is a distinct, almost Dr. pepper quality to the nose here. This is slightly closed on entry but with really nice balance. It’s a rich wine but well focused with slow to emerge inner mouth perfumes of black currant, mocha, and candy licorice. The acidity is very finely balanced, keeping this lively but not poking out at all and the tannins are very finely polished. The black fruit powers through on the long finish which shows touches of licorice, spice, smoky dried meats and bitter red fruit. With a lovely texture, good complexity and fine depth of flavor this compares favorably with wines twice the price. 90pts
On the nose this comes across as pretty fruity at first but slowly elements of tomato leaf, tobacco, briary wood, and toasty marshmallow oak add detail to the jammy blackberry fruit. This is almost silky at first, seamless, and smooth, but the tannins, just a bit fuzzy, quickly give this some mouth grab on the mid-palate. There are smoky nuances and a touch of liquory cassis fruit on the mid-palate with integrated notes of baking spices and a touch of coconut that led to a smooth, soft, slightly spicy finish. The tannins build slowly on the finish here, which also shows a bit more vanilla with air, but this is the sort of slightly rugged yet suave wine that many people are looking for. 88pts
Medicinal, hot, traces of candy liqueur, strawberry jam, and cedar, with floral notes and blueberry honey.
For my second tasting, almost a year later, I get less of the medicinal quality, but it's still noticeable. The fruits were spot-on before, and I'm perceiving more chocolate and tobacco elements this go-around. Also cinnamon and nutmeg. It's a bit too alcoholic for me, but otherwise excellent.
Luscious ripe dark fruits on the nose. Maybe a hint of spice. Pow! Tannic at first tasted. Hot. Some spice.
Tobacco leaves and plum aromas with a bit of pencil shavings. Flavors are tart and acidic, well balanced with good blackberry fruit, leather and a medium finish.
Sage and maple on the nose. Very nice. Dry and earthy, with good blackberry and a bit of tar on the finish. A nice clean wine, with a bit of sweetness and a creamy finish.
Lots of alcohol on the nose, and peppery, with nutmeg and tea leaf. Charred oak toward the finish of the aroma. The mouth is rich, well balanced, and complexed, with smoked meat and blackberry. If you like bolder wines, I recommend it.
A crazy blend - almost like a greatest hits of my favorite grapes. The big exuberance of a cab with the spiciness of a syrah, and if I try real hard can taste some petite syrah. Just lots of fun.
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The 2007 Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon displays a beautiful aromatic nose of baking spices, toasted oak, and chocolate. A hint of subtle cherry makes way for powerful flavors of plum and currant on the palate. A full-bodied wine with ripe flavors in the mouth, this wine is full of complexities that morph from the bottle to the glass. The soft tannins and structure of the Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon make it an ideal match for food. Try this wine with duck, wild game, or dishes with mushrooms.
|Total Acidity: 6.2 grams per liter|
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