2007 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Estate, Napa Valley
ALLOCATION LIMIT: 0 BOTTLES
150 Six-Bottle Cases Produced
Wine Spectator, James Laube - August 11, 2010
"A big, ripe style that’s rough hewn and chunky, yet deep and concentrated, with flashy plum, red and black cherry, red licorice and mineral notes, with a touch of green olive and espresso. Fullbodied, focused, complex and persistent. A notable achievement. Best from 2012 through 2024."
November 2, 2007
2007 was a superior vintage. The vineyard ripened perfectly. This voluminous wine is ripe with heady layers of black cherry, blackberry, espresso beand and cedar box nose. The palate is marked by sweet, velvety tannins and a refined, almost mountain fruit structure followed by a bold and persistent finish. There is a ripe and rich sophistication to the wine that while drinking young now will continue to improve for several years to come. This Cabernet Sauvignon is certainly cellar worthy for the next 20 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. "The 2007 Cabernet Savignon Family Reserve may well turn out to be one of the greatest Kirk Venge has ever made. Opulent, voluptuous, with blurberry and black currant liquer intermixed with violets, lavender, chocolate, espresso, and sweet toasty oak, this wine is perhaps the most up-front and sexiest Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that Venge has produced in the last 10 years. It is flawlessly made, with no hard edges, and everything seemlessly integrated, resulting in a powerful, rich, concentrated wine with no hard edges. I suspect this wine will actually be more approachable at an earlier age than the 2006 will be, but it will still age effortlessly for 25 to 30 years. Bravo!"