Terra Valentine Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2007
Vintage Notes: Harvest 2007 looks to be a stunning vintage, but it was not without a few surprises as reported by the Napa Valley Vintners. This was a vintage of contrasts: contrasts from previous vintages, and contrasts from early predictions to final outcome, yet winegrowers adapted to changing conditions all along the way to finish with what looks to be an outstanding vintage for Napa Valley wines all across the board. The season began dry with some very cold days and single-digit nighttime temperatures around the New Year holiday, the opposite to the start of 2006 when floods greeted the New Year. It continued dry, with about 60% of normal precipitation throughout the appellation. Temperatures were warmer than normal as winter continued into spring with resulting earlier budding, bloom and set in the vineyards across all varieties. Soils dried early in spring due to low precipitation, which halted canopy production early in the season. This allowed field crews the opportunity to do even more refinement in fruit thinning as they spent less time managing the canopy, a positive benefit to the lack of winter rainfall in the region. The summer growing season continued on the mild to cool side, with few days topping 100 degrees, even in the warmest locations in the appellation. There were also notably fewer days in the 90s, which changed early predictions that '07 would be an unusually early harvest. There was a brief period of heat that spiked around Labor Day, but the temperatures cooled after several days. This heat spike added the boost of sugar development that growers were looking for to complement the excellent acid structure developed in the white varieties. Winemaking Notes: Our 2007 Rose is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Sangiovese. It was fermented in stainless steel with only 6 hours of skin contact. The wine was aged in old Bordeaux barrels for 6 months. 149 cases produced. Tasting Notes: Strawberry jam and mint fill the nose. Watermelon with a hint of earth follows with a burst of cherry fruit. This Rose is big and juicy and ready to drink on your hottest of summer days.
High above the Napa Valley on Spring Mountain, Terra Valentine is a small production Cabernet Sauvignon house making intense and beautiful estate wines since 1996.
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Nose of black violets, cocoa nibs, eucalyptus, mint, cedar and Mexican chocolate. The texture is almost indescribable; well-integrated tannins and plush ribbons of fruit that take the palate on a layered ride of caramel, toasted marshmallow, mineral notes and shitake-umami flavors.