Vieux Château Certan 2007

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This was one of the worst bottles of wine I ever had. Over oaked, unbalanced...covered red fruit flavors. Read more

The smell is of tobacco or cigar box taste of black cherry. It is very light in the mouth but the taste lingers in a very good way Read more

2007 is one of the best vintages of Napa. This wine is clearly has some potential. However, it is not time yet to drink it. This is one of the wine... Read more

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Snooth User: connie7899
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1.00 5
08/15/2011

This was one of the worst bottles of wine I ever had. Over oaked, unbalanced...covered red fruit flavors.


Snooth User: 1rockiesfan
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4.00 5
05/02/2011

The smell is of tobacco or cigar box taste of black cherry. It is very light in the mouth but the taste lingers in a very good way


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
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3.00 5
04/30/2011

2007 is one of the best vintages of Napa. This wine is clearly has some potential. However, it is not time yet to drink it. This is one of the wines that you would lay down for 4 to 7 years from now. It is still very tight and is not offering its atmosphere yet. It has a nice good color. On the nose, black fruits are dominating. Blueberry, blackberry, cassis, and dark chocolate. Also there is a little hint of licorice. On the palate, very dry, big, bold, very tannic, a bit bitter finish, a lot of dark chocolate going on, balanced. It is still tight and has not a lot of things to offer right now! This is no way a 94 bottle of wine. Yes, this wine will evolve in the next 4 to 7 years, but I just cannot see how this wine has been give such a very high score! I am 88 on this effort.


Snooth User: TheWilsons
891203149
3.50 5
07/28/2011

Surprisingly complex for an inexpensive wine.


Snooth User: Rlk53
698202129
3.50 5
04/25/2011

Very nice.


Snooth User: kerrianne3
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0.00 5
02/19/2012

The park steakhouse. Sweet in the beginning and a smooth finish.


Snooth User: winepolok88
81621639
3.00 5
05/04/2011

You definitely have to let this wine open p a bit. My first initial smell was sweaty socks and really didn't enjoy the wine that much. After I opened up I liked it better but can't see throwing up a 94 ws rating.


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External Reviews for Vieux Château Certan

External Review
05/18/2011

Aromas of mocha, coffee and black cherry are compelling from the start. Upon tasting, flavors of ripe blackberries and red currant abound with a hint of leather. Medium to full-bodied, the wine has firm tannins that give a nice lingering finish. There's nothing like a well-made Cabernet from Napa Valley!


External Review
06/22/2011

A terrific wine that proves you don't have to spend a fortune for a top-flight Napa Valley Cabernet. It's a deeply flavored, brooding young wine, filled with exciting blackberry, cassis and mineral flavors. Big in tannins, yet with a very refined, classy mouthfeel, it should begin to hit its stride after 2014.


External Review
01/03/2012

Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, this Bordeaux blend is rich in blackberry, cherry, currant, chocolate and cedar flavors. Itrsquo;s dry, and the softness of the mouthfeel makes it instantly appealing.


External Review
05/18/2011

Smooth and supple, with a tasty mix of currant, cedar, tobacco and spice, it wins points for its elegance and balance. Mildly tannic, it's ready to drink now. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
03/08/2011

Appearance: Ruby red Aroma: Aromas of rich chocolate, coffee, and cassis with notes of mixed dark fruit and raspberry. Flavors: Extraordinarily rich and mouth-filling, with flavors of cassis, coffee and toasted oak that grace a well-structured body, full of texture with ripe, supple tannins on the lingering finish.


External Review
05/18/2011

A perfect example of what Californian Cabernet is supposed to taste like. Ripe jammy fruit with a spicy undertone and a touch of cedar from being oak aged make this a perfectly balanced wine that is ready to drink. Enjoy it with your favorite cut of grilled steak!


External Review
05/18/2011

Ripe black cherry and plum aromas mingle with toasty oak and a hint of leather. In the mouth, ripe black cherry, plum and currant flavors are beautifully in balance with sweet oak carrying through to a long finish.


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Winemaker's Notes:

In 2007 Alexandre has produced an enormously attractive, early-drinking VCCwith even more finesse and balance than usual. The glorious potential of thisBurgundian-styled Vieux Château Certan is obvious from its beguiling, aromatic,pure red fruit nose. On the palate, brilliantly intense plum and raspberryfruit is accompanied by delicate notes of minerals, smoke and toast supportedby firm silky tannins and a long red fruit finish of laser-sharp precision. Itsatypical approachability means that you will be able to enjoy this exquisitelycharming VCC while you wait for the even better 2006 and 2005 to mature.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Deep garnet Aroma: Inviting aromas of dark cherry, sage, and red plums. Complex layers of ripe berries, with undertones of vanilla and cloves. Flavors: Full‐bodied and textural, with ripe flavors of black plum and cherry, cocoa and cassis.  A concentrated, rich palate with round tannins leads to a long finish interwoven with blackberry, anise and mocha.

In 2007 Alexandre has produced an enormously attractive, early-drinking VCCwith even more finesse and balance than usual. The glorious potential of thisBurgundian-styled Vieux Château Certan is obvious from its beguiling, aromatic,pure red fruit nose. On the palate, brilliantly intense plum and raspberryfruit is accompanied by delicate notes of minerals, smoke and toast supportedby firm silky tannins and a long red fruit finish of laser-sharp precision. Itsatypical approachability means that you will be able to enjoy this exquisitelycharming VCC while you wait for the even better 2006 and 2005 to mature.

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Notes: 18 months in small oak barrels, 50% of which were new; 78% French


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