Gamble Family Vineyards
2007 Paramount Bordeaux Blend
California: Napa Valley
The Sure Thing
Another stunning wine from the stellar, 96 Point 2007 vintage (Rober Parker, Jr.), today’s 2007 Gamble Family Vineyards Paramount is a delicious wine of real elegance and depth.
This wine has been carefully handmade from some of Napa’s oldest and most distinguished vineyards. Rutherford Merlot, Oakville hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc from an old St. Helena vineyard & Petite Verdot from the slopes of Mt. St. Helena. It has been given the time it needed to become a rare & elegantly-styled wine of great depth and character. 19 months in small French barrels have contributed to the beauty of this wonderful blend.
This wine is living proof that the result is greater than the sum of its parts.
A very deep, dark and secretive-looking wine, revealing itself with the first swirl showing a depth of color that clings to the glass, building anticipation.
Concentrated aromas of blackberry and black cherry give clues to the smoky flavors to follow on the palate. Black currents, leather, spice and violets round out the nose.
A very complex approach of dusty blackberry, smokey plum & cigar box essence fills your mouth. Using the finest French oak barrels have allowed this great wine to age elegantly, protected by silky tannins and great depth of flavor.
An amazing flavor packed finish that continues to thrill - long after it passes across the palette.
What the Winery Says
Our premier Red Wine is a bold blend of fruit from several distinguished Napa Valley vineyards. These sites have been chosen as they have historically produced exceptional grapes, all unique and expressive of their particular place within the valley. At the core of the blend is Family Home Cabernet Sauvignon from our Oakville knoll-top vineyard; CC Ranch Merlot from the alluvial soils of Rutherford; Cabernet Franc from Varozza Vineyard, a low yielding old St Helena site; and Petit Verdot from Speedy Creek on the slopes of Mount St Helena.
The four varieties were all harvested, fermented and aged separately. The Rutherford Merlot ripened first and was harvested on August 27; the Oakville Cabernet ripened last and was harvested on October 3. All fruit was lightly crushed and allowed to soak at a cool 53F for 3 days. As the musts warmed, multiple strains of yeast were employed to improve mouthfeel and overall complexity. At dryness the musts were lightly pressed and each wine transferred to 60 gallon barrels for malolactic fermentation and the 19 month aging process. Outstanding as these individual wines were alone, judiciously blended they came together to create a wine of heightened complexity and interest.
Winemaker Jim Close’s Tasting Notes
Bright fruit aromas of cherry and dusty blackberry together with leather, chocolate and a savory hint of thyme. Medium bodied with good acidity and silky tannins. Flavors of plum, cranberry, pomegranate, clove and spicy licorice. Savor the persistent flavor-filled finish.
Composition: 38% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Napa Valley
Oak: 41% new French oak Seguin Moreau, Remond, Sylvain and Bel Air
Cellaring: Nineteen months in barrel
About the Winery
My (ad)venture in wine seems to me to be a natural progression of history. As a third generation Napa farmer, I have been influenced all my life by my forebears’ lives in agriculture. They have left, as part of their legacy, their deep and abiding affinity for the land from which came not only their livelihood, but also a life full of purpose. I am hopeful I can transfer that way of life to yet another generation.
Given this legacy, one does not continue farming for dispassionate reasons alone—there are easier ways to make a living.
And thus, taking the next step and putting one’s name on a bottle of wine does not come lightly.
All our wines are produced in small quantities, with the careful attention to farming my forebears would expect. I hope you will try one or more of my wines and let me know if you agree.