Blackstone Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007

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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..

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Sonoma County has always been Blackstone’s home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality. For nearly 20 years, we’ve cultivated close ties with grape growers and viticulturists throughout Sonoma County. Both our inspiration and our home, Sonoma remains the heart of Blackstone. You’ll find ... Read more
Sonoma County has always been Blackstone’s home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality. For nearly 20 years, we’ve cultivated close ties with grape growers and viticulturists throughout Sonoma County. Both our inspiration and our home, Sonoma remains the heart of Blackstone. You’ll find the region’s signature style blended into every bottle. As a grape-growing region, Sonoma County is like no other place on earth. With redwood forests, benchlands, hillsides, and nearly 80 miles of majestic coastline, Sonoma offers a wide variety of microclimates, soils, and terrain. This uniquely diverse region supports several different grape varieties but is best known for its lush Merlots and full-bodied Cabernets. Sonoma County is a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) made up of thirteen distinctly different World-Class wine growing appellations. Each appellation and each vineyard within that appellation contributes something special - it is from this vibrant flavor palate that complex, expressive wines emerge. At Blackstone, we find Sonoma County inspiring. Each different AVA contributes something unique and special to the final blend. Our Sonoma Reserve wines, in particular, exemplify Sonoma’s signature style, and help set the standard carried through to our Winemaker’s Select wines. “Sonoma County is one of the most amazing places in the world to live and make wine,” observes Winemaker Gary Sitton. “There’s no place like it. The immense diversity—from the coastline to the mountains, valleys, and rivers—still leaves me in awe. For me, tapping into this range of growing conditions is fundamental to making beautifully expressive wines from Sonoma County.” From the start, our goal has been to produce smooth, flavorful, harmonious wines with rich fruit, supple texture, and balanced oak. Early on, this approach found its ideal expression in our Merlot, which soon became — and still remains — America’s favorite Merlot. Over the years, the same passion for consistent, balanced wines has expanded to new varieties bearing Blackstone’s trademark label. Our Winemaker’s Select wines are sourced from premier growing regions throughout California, each meticulously selected to contribute certain nuances to the final blend. Drawing from the best parcels in the same areas year after year ensures Winemaker’s Select wines maintain the consistency that is Blackstone’s heritage. Our signature style and quality is elevated in our Sonoma Reserve wines, which are sourced from Sonoma’s world-class vineyards. Each vineyard site contributes distinct characteristics that uniquely define the region. Through it all, Blackstone has stayed true to the approach inspired by our Sonoma roots - to craft wines that complement food and any occasion in which you celebrate the things in life you can count on. Tasting Room Hours: Every day: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Read less

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Snooth User: wlstiles3
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2.50 5
10/03/2009

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.


Snooth User: bn196
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2.00 5
02/13/2012

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.

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Snooth User: Lifebalance
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0.00 5
12/31/2010

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!


Snooth User: dextr
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3.00 5
03/19/2009

Three glasses



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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..

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.6
Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter

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