2007 Vina Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Huerhuero Vineyard

Year: 2007
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 86
Red Wine
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"14% Petit Verdot. If reasonably well-focused and showing a fair bit of black cherry fruit and mildly briary spice, this wine comes up a touch narrow and nervy with rising back-palate acid over-taking all else, and its puckery, tannin-framed finish calls for a few years of smoothing." (CG)

"It seems like great California Cabernet under $15 is few and far between lately. Sometimes you need to look outside the Napa/Sonoma corridor to find something special and in this case we’re looking 240 miles south of Napa, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, to Paso Robles. As I’ve mentioned before, the Central Coast is producing some fantastic wine with Paso Robles standing out for their Cabernet, Rhone blends and Zinfandel.

Single vineyard wines have grown in popularity because they really reveal a sense of place in the wine. And that’s what I love about the Vina Robles Huerhuero Vineyard Cabernet- you can almost taste the soil in which it was grown. This truly unique wine pours an opaque purple/red and has a rich oaky nose right out of the bottle. The taste isn’t shy either, with firm tannins and deep black fruit coming together for a long, lingering finish. Paso Robles vintners have also found a sweet spot with a blending grape, Petit Verdot (see our L’Aventure Optimus post), which makes up 14% of this wine and adds a unique rich texture. For those who have enjoyed the last few vintages of the Hahn Estates Meritage, this reminds me a lot of that wine. Of note- this wine was aged in mostly new French oak, making this an even better deal.

Value seekers will love the Vina Robles Huerhuero Vineyard Cabernet and at $13.95 ($22 on their website!!!) it’s really hard to beat!" (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
Deep, brilliant garnet; aromas of intense rich, black fruit with undertones of oak, toast and coffee. A full-bodied, rich Cabernet Sauvignon with great structure and intense fruit; ripe dry tannins with a long focused finish. Enjoy now through 2016.

Silver Medal - Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2010

Silver Medal - San Diego International Wine Competition 2010

Platinum Medal – Monterey Wine Competition 2010

Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2010

Silver Medal – Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition 2010

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