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Hendry Red 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a true value from the acclaimed 2007 vintage. The Hendrys have been farming the same vineyard since 1939. All of their wines are from the estate and sustainably grown. Earlier on the pioneers grew plum trees and raised cattle. In the 60s and 70s Napa experienced an increase in demand of grapes. The Hendry's grapes were known for their good quality and sold to Mondavi, Opus One and Kent Rosenblum. This Napa Valley Red has the traditional Bordeaux varietals but unlike Bordeaux blends that are either predominately Cabernet Sauvignon (Left Bank) or Merlot (Right Bank), this wine is an unusual blend (percentage wise) of 36% Petit Verdot, 21% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc and was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, with 70% of them new barrels. The blend is so unique and would require some decanting, as suggested by Robert Parker, "The sweetness of the fruit becomes more apparent with airing. This fascinating wine would be hard to peg in a blind tasting." 90Points Wine Enthusiast 2012

Region: USA » California » Napa

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  • 2007

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Winery: Hendry
Color: Red
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Hendry:
Hendry is a small estate winery located in the south-western Napa valley. Our 117 acres of vineyard lie on gently sloping terrain between 160 and 290 feet in elevation. Thin stony soils and moderate climate allow the production of a wide range of varietals. Most of this property has belonged to the Hendry family since 1939. At Hendry, we stress the importance of the vineyard, and we devote m... Read more
Hendry is a small estate winery located in the south-western Napa valley. Our 117 acres of vineyard lie on gently sloping terrain between 160 and 290 feet in elevation. Thin stony soils and moderate climate allow the production of a wide range of varietals. Most of this property has belonged to the Hendry family since 1939. At Hendry, we stress the importance of the vineyard, and we devote much of our time to understanding its variation on small scales. Combination of soil, climate, varietal and clone are critical, and for this reason, we have divided our vineyard into 50 different blocks, each managed separately. To us, every block is a learning experience that teaches us about interactions among these variables, and how they influence fruit composition and wine quality. Small changes in any of them can have dramatic effects on the wine. There has beem vineyard on this property for more than 140 years, and we have been farming here for nearly half that time. As our knowledge grows, our vineyard blocks evolve, and we get closer to understanding the full potential of our vineyard. Read less

Tasting Notes:

Its aromatics are subtle and elusive at first, locked inside the pleasant grip of fine-grained tannins that will open with air. Velvety mouthfeel hints at the palate weight. There are aromas of cocoa, eucalyptus and mint, deep blackberry fruit, bittersweet chocolate, spice and a rustic, leathery component. Softer tannins than the 2006 make this a wine with the heft for heavier meats and braises, and a fine companion for a chilly evening

This is a true value from the acclaimed 2007 vintage. The Hendrys have been farming the same vineyard since 1939. All of their wines are from the estate and sustainably grown. Earlier on the pioneers grew plum trees and raised cattle. In the 60s and 70s Napa experienced an increase in demand of grapes. The Hendry's grapes were known for their good quality and sold to Mondavi, Opus One and Kent Rosenblum. This Napa Valley Red has the traditional Bordeaux varietals but unlike Bordeaux blends that are either predominately Cabernet Sauvignon (Left Bank) or Merlot (Right Bank), this wine is an unusual blend (percentage wise) of 36% Petit Verdot, 21% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc and was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, with 70% of them new barrels. The blend is so unique and would require some decanting, as suggested by Robert Parker, "The sweetness of the fruit becomes more apparent with airing. This fascinating wine would be hard to peg in a blind tasting." 90Points Wine Enthusiast 2012

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.4%

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