2007 Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
92 Points - Wine Advocate
The Ladera Lone Canyon vineyard has a unique terroir which allows the fruit to showcase the vintage at hand. The 2007 Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon is proof of this. Lone Canyon Ranch is located on the flank of Mt. Veeder in the southwestern hills of the Napa Valley. The ranch consists of 480 acres of which 75 are planted to vineyards. The topography is very steep in most areas with elevations reaching 1,100 feet above sea level. The clay loam soils are of moderate depth and are very well drained. The average yields for 2006 were 2 tons per acre.
For the 2007 vintage, young vines which were planted in 1998 and 1999 make up 70% of the blend. The older vines were planted in the mid 1980’s, on St. George rootstock. For the younger vines, a multitude of various clones are used including: clone 4, 6, 7, 8, 169, 191, 337, 341 and Weimer. For the 2007 Ladera Lone Canyon blend, we chose all blocks that were at the higher elevations with low yields, as low as 1 ton to the acre.
The 2007 vintage was very similar to 2004…an early budbreak, warm summer and early harvest. The berries were small because of the low spring rainfall and the resulting wines are intense with color and flavor and varietal texture and character. The first of the fruit was harvested on September 17, a month earlier than 2006 and the last on October 5th. The end result of this early growing season was a wine of high extract and big tannins….which Lone Canyon is never shy of!
Our 2007 Lone Canyon Cabernet lots were cold soaked for upwards of 5 days before the commencement of fermentation. The majority of the fermentations were completed with native wine yeasts but occasionally we do use a commercial variety. The average fermentations lasted 13 days. The free run wine was then separated from the skins which were pressed at several intervals of pressure; determined by taste and tannin intensity. The wine was then barrel aged for 23 months in French oak barrels (46% new). Each of the individual lots were aged separately and then blended appropriately to create this beautifully balanced wine. The wine was bottled August 2009 at 593 cases.
Lone Canyon Vineyard typically produces intense wines with bountiful, full-bodied tannins that are not for the faint of heart! The wine aromas are intense, consisting of black cherries, cocoa, black licorice, spices, figs, tobacco and molasses with brambly undertones. A lively yet full bodied entry hits the palate with enticing flavors of blackberry and cassis. The dark and ripe fruit flavors intertwined with the tannins carry through to an unusually long and plush finish. The 2007 vintage even intensified the Lone Canyon attributes even more than usual.
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