2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNONWine Match Special Selection

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $90.00
club price: n/a
available:Yes
cases:303
formats: 750mL
released:Apr 5, 2011
date profiled:Apr 14, 2011
region:Sierra Foothills
AVA:Not an AVA
vineyards:Various
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:25.4°
alcohol:14.9%
fined:No
filtered:No
oak type:100% American  
oak barrels:80% New  
oak aging: 21 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
cabernet sauvignon 100% Not an AVA
 
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Winemaker Chad Alexander Notes
The 2007 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, dark and red/purple in color with vibrant clarity and an unctuous texture. The nose is typical of Howell Mountain cabernet and features ripe plum, cedar, tobacco, and white pepper. On the palette, the core of boysenberry, plum and cassis that defined the 2006 Aurielle remains but the fruit flavors are brighter and more layered and there is a bit more acid to compliment the intense fruit. Well extracted and dense, the initial essence of the 2007 is stonefruit and cassis which gives way to a layered mid palate of blueberry, cedar and black cherry and a long lingering finish layered with hints of vanilla, cardamom and tobacco. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety with firm, fine-grained tannins that provid ...more... e excellent structure. Fruit/acid balance is superb and speaks to the attention to winemaking detail. The 2007 Aurielle Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with rich foods like prime grilled steaks and roasted or braised meats and hearty simmered tomato-based sauces. It matches particularly well with garlic, rosemary, sage and nutty, aged-cheeses like pecorino-romano. While accessible now, the wine will reward those with the patience to cellar it with increasing complexity, smoothness and character for a decade or so
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