What We Say 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Mission Codename: 8 Seconds
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Infiltrate Voces Wine of Napa Valley, and secure their fabled 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Real McCoy Wines
Wine Subject: 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Winemaker: Robert Mueller
Backgrounder: Winemaker, Robert Meuller, whose 40 year career has seen him work at Robert Mondavi, Opus One and McKenzie-Mueller, is revered as one of Napa’s best.
2007 was a banner year for California Cabernet Sauvignon, earning a stellar 96 Points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the world come from Napa Valley. A delicious and elegant example of the varietal, today’s wine is a Classic Napa Cabernet. Approachable, richly flavorful and deeply delicious, this wine shows off the winemaking skills of Fernando Candelario – at a price that is difficult to resist. Read Agent Red’s tasting notes and winemaker interview to learn more about this fantastic Napa Cab
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Bold hues that remind us of dark red plum skin, this wine has a dark and inky core with light burgundy hues at the edges of the glass. When swirled, the wine shows a springy surface. When the wine settles, it leaves behind skinny, wine-stained legs that move quickly down the glass.
Smell – Dark and layered, this wine leads with big blackberry and dark cherry. These combine with red plum, dark cherry, black plum, dried cranberry and cassis. Beneath these, emerging as the wine breathes, are subtle aromas of cedar, mocha, clove and a hint of black pepper.
Feel – Medium-bold on the attack, with a lush up-front feel. Solid tannins add a bold grip that slowly adds a soft dryness that spreads inward from the edges of the palate, eventually drying the lips and cheeks.
Taste – Bold black fruit is followed by dark red fruit, dried cranberry, tobacco, light oak, mixed dark spices and soft white pepper.
Finish – Extra long, with integrated black and red fruits lingering a long time, before yielding the palate to oak, mixed spice and pepper.
Conclusion – This is a bold wine that delivers depth and expressive dark fruit. Built big, this is a wine to pair with a grilled steak, a pulled pork sandwich or a plate of spaghetti with spicy sausages in a marinara sauce. This wine evolves as you spend time with it, so swirl away and give it ample time to really open up. Patience and swirling will result in softer flavors, more authentic fruit character and softer oak. Pair this wine with a great meal, or enjoy it all on its own. Built for aging, it can be enjoyed now – or for the next 7 to 10 years.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
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What the Winery Says
Real McCoy Wines
About This Wine:
The 2007 Real McCoy Cabernet Sauvignon is deep crimson in color with aromas reminiscent of wild strawberries, blackberries, cherries and black pepper. The smooth tannins, with aromas building in the glass with air, provide length and richness to the palate, finishing with interesting characteristics associated with terroir. Added hints of vanilla and cinnamon result from its 30 months ageing in medium toasted 225L. European Oak Barrels. While very interesting and drinkable now, it will gain in subtlety and complexity with additional time in the bottle. Enjoy with your favorite aged cheese, roast fowl, prime rib, pot roast, or with a pasta bolognese. A great accompaniment to almost any red meat dish.
About The Winery:
Welcome to Real McCoy Wine. We are “second generation” wine label from McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery located in the Napa Valley since 1989.
Real McCoy wines are all “hand crafted” from vine to bottle. This process is controlled by one individual from start to finish, a philosophy used many years ago before corporations began mass-producing wine. All wines are “unfiltered” and aged in French and Hungarian Oak barrels 21 to 30 months. Racking the wine every three months while aging in oak barrels, the wines achieves clarity without the use of filtration.
We hope you enjoy drinking these wines as much as we enjoyed building them.
AVA: Napa Valley
Cooperage: French and Hungarian Oak
Time in Barrels: 30 months
Production: 501 Cases