Blackstone Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007
Sourcing fruit from premium vineyards and growing regions is something we are passionate about at Blackstone Winery. Our 2007 Winemaker’s Select Cabernet Sauvignon includes fruit from a number of top appellations throughout California. A large portion of the fruit was harvested in Monterey County where ideal temperatures and small yields contribute to the concentrated fruit flavors and focused finish found in this blend. Mild temperatures and significantly less rainfall led to early bud break in 2007. Yields were smaller than previous vintages, but the fruit was bright, youthful, and concentrated. Warm weather in early fall provided ideal conditions for the grapes to develop. Harvest ended in the second week of November. Shale loam and clay loam soils found in the central coast also contribute balance and vibrancy to the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal.The grapes were night harvested, destemmed, and gently crushed. The fruit then spent time fermenting on the skins to extract flavor and color. Following fermentation, the wine spent 10 months aging in French and American oak barrels. Toasted oak and crème brûlée characteristics of the oak merge with concentrated fruit flavors, rounding out the blend and creating a luscious wine with lively body. Our 2007 Blackstone Winemaker’s Select Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex wine with a nose reminiscent of anise and dark plums. Rich concentrated notes of black berry and cassis complement the toasted oak and crème brûlée flavors found in the finish. This full-bodied wine pairs ideally with rack of lamb, butternut squash risotto, and roasted duck..
Tried Blackstone Cabernet for the first time. Heard a lot about the nice QPR of Blackstone label. Frankly, I was disappointed. This wine had no distinct nose. Was very hot on the palate. I decanted and let sit for about an hour, and it did not seem to open. It was a 2 glasser, that is it got better after the first glass. Will not make its way into my decanter again.
This California Cabernet is neither alluring nor repulsive on the nose (boring). It has a well into medium concentration and body, with plenty of dark fruit, a noticeable bit of toasted oak (although with an added on characteristic), and traces of black licorice. It also possesses a noticeably sharp alcohol note, has an unusual creamy (creme brulee according to their descriptor), somewhat sweet, almost tutti frutti characteristic to it. I might buy this again on special but certainly won't seek it out.
I used to love Blackstone Cab, but now as soon as I removed the foil I knew I was in for a different experience. The rubber cork gave my shivers! After decanting for about 30min I decided to indulge and my predictions were true. Very flat on the palate with hints of its once lovely complexity. I hope they go back to real corks so this beauty can show its true colors again!
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|Alcohol: 13.5%||pH: 3.6|
|Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter|