2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Sonoma Valley
This wonderful wine is very highly recommended. An exemplary Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from the best vintage on record in more than a decade (Robert Parker gave the vintage 96 Points), today’s wine really took our tasting panel by storm. Universally, we all agreed that this is one wine that our Operatives should not miss out on.
Bold, bright and intense on both the nose and on the palate, this wine hails from two of the most impressive vineyard sources in Sonoma County, one on the Mayacamas mountains, the other on Mt. Veeder. These vineyards offer Napa-like extraction with Sonoma-like elegance and style.
This wine is wonderfully balanced, with lovely, intense fruit that shines very brightly on the palate. Enjoy now, or lay a few bottles down for the next several years - if you can muster the patience!
Enjoy this very food-friendly wine with braised short ribs, lamb shank or roasted root vegetables with pearl onions and fresh rosemary.
Slightly opaque with a deep plum core. The wine has a weighty appearance, settling very fast after an good swirl.
Very complex with notes of toasted oak, ripe black stonefruit and boysenberry. Wet stone, toffee, and cinnamon spice show through after brief swirling. Decant for 20 minutes, and the wine shows a lovely under-layer of intricate herbal notes of dried sage, thyme, and toasted tobacco.
Powerful flavors of dried figs and raisins, dried plum, black cherry, dark cocoa dust and ground espresso.
An ever-lasting lingering finish with round flavors of dried fruits, espresso bean, and soft chocolatey tannins that seem to go on forever.
What the Winery Says
Dark ruby red, dense and deeply colored. A very expressive nose exhibiting classic Cabernet characters of Dark cherry, cassis, red fruits and a dash of sweet mint harmoniously complimented with oak derived notes of chocolate, vanilla and fine spices. Broad, mouth filling, evenly textured and well balanced the wine demonstrates perfectly what a great Sonoma Cabernet should taste like. Smooth tannins, ripe fluid fruit, and a dash of herb round out the varietal characters enhanced with some mocha, cedar and spice from the classy French oak to complete the flavor profile. Pair with lamb, beef and chocolate. Whole peppered Filet Mignon with port and blackcurrant reduction!
Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Sonoma Valley, Estate Grown and Produced
Aging: Twenty months in new and used puncheons and French Oak Barrels
About the Winery
First the land was cleared, grape cuttings from Montalcino and Tuscan olive trees were secured and the terraces and vineyard blocks were laid out over 14 acres using volcanic rocks from the property to build the retaining walls and provide an optimal 100% organic farming environment. The mobile home was removed and in its place, a villa rose above the small winery. Italian and American flags were raised at the gates and the Poggio alla Pietra (Hill of Rocks) estate was born.
After selling the fruit the first few years, the first estate wine was produced in 1998. In addition to Brunello di Sonoma, the winery also produces miniscule amounts of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah as well as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and the 100% certified organic estate extra virgin olive oil. So the story unfolds and the dream grows closer to being realized with more exciting developments on the horizon…
Lorenzo Petroni runs the famous North Beach Restaurant, considered by many a San Francisco institution, and has proudly served authentic Tuscan cuisine to San Franciscans and world-citizens since 1970. North Beach Restaurant has a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list with a selection of over 400 wines from all over the world. Lorenzo’s experience and understanding of wine, combined with an organic grape-growing philosophy with minimal intervention in the cellar and a faith in Sonoma Valley as a premium winegrowing region is the driving force behind Petroni Vineyards.