2007 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2007
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 92
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"The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma includes fruit from the famed Monte Rosso Vineyard. Aged in a combination of French and American oak for two years prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered, it is an outstanding Cabernet boasting a deep ruby/purple color along with copious aromas of creme de cassis, graphite and spice box. Full-bodied with supple tannins, a generous, even corpulent mouthfeel and a long finish, it should drink well for a decade.

Now that Dick Arrowood has moved on to his own estate (Amapola Creek), winemaker Heidi Veon der Menten has taken over this consistently excellent estate that was acquired by Jess Jackson several years ago. These four 2007s and 2008s were some of the last wines made by Dick Arrowood." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Powerful aromas of cassis, blackberry, mocha, vanilla and smoke. Lush and weighty in the mouth, offering pliant dark berry flavors and a velvety texture. Finishes with smooth tannins and good cling, repeating the fruitcake note. This polished, supple cabernet is approachable now." (IWC)

"Shut down by hard tannins and utterly dry, this fine young Cabernet is simply not ready to drink. It’s very rich in blackberries, smoked meat and charred wood, with a finish that’s fine, long and sweet in ripe fruits. Should blossom after 2014 and hold for a number of years." (WE)

Winery Notes
About The Wine
Sonoma Valley is a bucolic setting of rolling hills, well-tended vineyards, and soaring oaks. Celebrating this special place, Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted exclusively from vineyards neighboring Arrowood Winery. Mountain and hillside vineyard sites (many organically farmed) were thoughtfully sourced in anticipation of this wine. Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon captures the character of each site, blending them to tell a story both of vintage and of the distinct terroir that is Sonoma Valley.

Tasting Notes
The use of Sonoma Valley hillside vineyards gives structure to a particularly intense and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. This Cabernet has very rich aromas of cassis, black cherries, and plums with nuances of toasty oak in the background. On the palate, the wine shows its underlying depth of dark fruit. It is silky in texture with almost a sweet impression that lingers into a plethora of black fruits, cassis, and a nuance of dark chocolate on the finish.