Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Tasting Date:  December 2010
Varital:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Country:  Napa, California
Tasting Date Price:  $11.99
Rating:  WS  2002/82  WE  2003/85
Alcohol Content:  13.8%
Vineyard Website:  click here

Visual Aspect:     Deep garnet color

Nose:     raspberry, blackberry, mint and black cherries

Palate:     Vanilla and short bread cookie notes from oak aging bring balance and frame the ripe berry flavors. Oak aging additionally adds breadth and weight on the palate. Napa Valley characteristics show through with strawberries, red raspberries and a faint root beer note with quintessential Oakville dark cherries. The tannins are fine and chalky. Finally, there is also a mineral/earthy note to the wine that contributes to the multi-layer characteristics of the wine.

Winery Notes:     Many wineries produce Cabernet Sauvignon, but few seek to produce a wine of character, flavor, style and value.  Our goal is to bring the soul back to this noble grape by focusing on California coastal fruit at a great price with the varietal flavor that a cabernet should possess.  Avalon only produces Cabernet Sauvignon
One-eighth the size of Bordeaux, this small little valley is responsible for some of the world’s most expensive wines.  Ours, however, is not one of them. We’ve taken the ego out of the equation and bring you world class wine at a darn good value.

Napa Valley includes many sub-appellations that contribute unique flavors to our 2007 wine. Every year we source from over 50 vineyards to blend our Napa Valley Cabernet. Each region in the valley contributes a berry flavor or structure that when blended tastes unlike any other valley in the world. This year our main components include Oak Knoll, Oakville, St. Helena and Rutherford.

In 2007, Napa Valley experienced a very dry winter and spring. Annual rainfall was only 60 percent of normal. Spring started early and the warm weather continued throughout the summer. The good news is the weather never got into terribly hot days of our typical summers. Only a few days found the valley with temperatures over 100 degrees. Around labor Day, the valley did finally receive a bit of a heat spike. Fortunately, it only helped to develop sugar levels in the grapes and harvest started a couple of weeks later. As in 2007, harvest occurred at a leisurely pace. Then early rains appeared the second week of October to help bring a quick end to harvest. Most of the valley vineyards had been harvested by then, so only mountain vineyards remained to be picked. luckily for us, all of our vineyards suffered little to no rain damage.

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