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2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Reserve

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Reserve

Flavors of chocolate abound, with notes of black cherries and plums. The 2007 vintage yielded fruit even more opaque in color than the previous two vintages.

$38.00 per Bottle
$456.00 per Case
 

Wine Profile:

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Vintage 2007
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition
96% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Merlot
2% Petite Verdot
Appellation Mendocino
Sugar Average Brix: 25.6
Acid .67
PH 3.76
Barrel Aging
33 Months
Alcohol % 14.2%
Size 750 ml

Tasting Notes

Wine aficionados will tell you that the 2007 vintage in California was one of the very best in decades — and when you consider the outstanding quality of California wines, that’s saying a lot.

Our Topel 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve is the third vintage we’ve released, and while we’ve been thrilled with the beautiful, elegant Cabernets from 2005 and 2006, we are absolutely ecstatic about this particular wine.

The fruit for our Estate Reserve is harvested from our oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which were planted on our mountainside vineyard more than 20 years ago.

As these vines have matured, their ability to produce has been dramatically reduced, but the fruit that does make it through the seasonal growing cycle has more intense flavors and darker, richer colors. Because we know its wonderful characteristics are very worthy, we take special steps in extracting the juice and we set it aside to mellow in choice barrels. The result is nothing short of splendid.

Flavors of chocolate abound, with notes of black cherries and plums. The 2007 vintage yielded fruit even more opaque in color than the previous two vintages. It has a tremendous tannin structure that makes it approachable now, but we recommend giving it at least a couple of years in the bottle for the very best experience. And don’t forget to lay down a few in the cellar because this vintage will only get better as it gets older.

Production Notes

As always, the grapes were field crushed and allowed to ferment in three-quarter ton lots. Each lot was punched down by hand five times a day for 24 days. The wine was then pressed into 50% new French oak barrels (COF Taransaud and COF Demptos) and 50% neutral barrels. We aged the wine for 33 months before bottling. Afterward, it aged another 12 months before its release in the Fall of 2011.

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Handcrafted
All Topel wines are lovingly handcrafted by Mark and Donnis, who employ minimalist techniques to transform simple grape juice into world-class wines that are robust, yet balanced and elegant — soulful wines that perfectly reflect the soil and climate of their origin.

“…These enviably pure cabernets are not burdened down with huge tannin and will not whack the taster over his head in terms of power or intensity. Rather, they are beautifully balanced and elegant…”
—Robert Parker, Jr.