CAB ALERT - WHAT IF?
What if there was a 2007 vintage, single vineyard Napa ValleyCabernet available which scored 93 points Wine Spectator and 90- 92 points Robert Parker? AND, what if that highly tauted Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon suddenly cost under $50? We are currently enjoying a bottle of 2007 Match Vineyards Butterdragon Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. 2007 is a serious vintage. This Butterdragon needed a moment to breathe up. After about 25 minutes it is breathing up and up. The nose is violets and berry with with bits of cedar on the edge. Time has given this Cab a seamless , long mid palate profiled in both black and red plums. The mid palate is getting bigger and more luxurious with air. At this point it is hard to delineate where the mid palate ends and the finish begins, this wine has excellent palate length. What I can say is a delightful hint of black pepper emerges somewhere along the way , completing this Cabs long seamless mouthfeel.
$41.50, originally released at $70.00. 5 cases available.
All of the very best Rex and Michele
2007 Match Butterdragon Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, NAPA
For those who favor austerity and structure, with complexity and flavor. Tight, focused and concentrated, yet elegant, offering cedary oak, loamy earth, mineral, dried berry and currant flavors, with touches of wild berry and blueberry coming through on the finish. Plenty of ripe tannins provide traction. Best from 2012 through 2022. 93 points. Wine Spectator Magazine 11/15/10
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Butterdragon Hill possesses attractive, fleshy black currant, crushed rock, cedar, spice box, and tobacco leaf characteristics. This broad, savory, pure, moderately tannic 2007's overall impression is one of elegance, with a Bordeaux-like framework to the tannic structure. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades. 90-92 points. Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate #186 Dec 2009
2007 Vintage...from winery
In 2007, a dry, mild winter brought bud-break by mid-March and our vineyards ran 10-14 days ahead of normal for the entire season. However, a mild September allowed our vineyard crews to wait until October to harvest. We, along with winemaker Cary Gott, immediately knew the vintage was going to be something special. Throughout fermentation and barrel aging, the wine showed a classy elegance of floral and fruit. We were not alone in our high expectations of the vintage. The buzz started early among vintners and consumers alike and has not let up as Robert M. Parker pronounced this "the greatest vintage for Bordeaux varietals in Napa since 2001 and 2002."
The proof is always in the glass!