2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon • La Loma Vineyard, Silverado Trail
California: Napa Valley
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Mission Codename: Winesong
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to Ceja Vineyards and procure an allotment of their exceptional 2007 Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon for our Operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Ceja Vineyards
Wine Subject: 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Armando Ceja
Backgrounder: Napa Valley is revered worldwide as the ultimate area in which to produce fine Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2007 vintage has produced some remarkable examples and we were lucky to get our spy-hands on today’s fine offering from dear friends at Ceja Vineyards. Read Agent Red’s tasting notes and winemaker interview, below.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Very dark magenta, with a darker core. At the edge, the finest ring of bright ruby encircles the glass. When swirled, tightly-spaced clusters of slow, skinny tears extend from near the top of the glass, to the wine, below.
Smell – Bold and dark, with fruit and earthen characteristics playing out in equal proportion. Redolent and dense boysenberry, black cherry, blackberry and candied blueberry mix with dark brown spice, dark dried fall leaves, dried wild mushroom, oak and dark chocolate.
Feel – Round and silky on entry. Then, almost immediately, a mineral-laden dryness spreads from the front-palate, rearward. The gradually becomes more weighty and more complex, eventually showing a hearty structure. Sturdy tannins and a balanced acidity work together to drive the fruit, long into the flavor-filled finish.
Taste – Dense and concentrated, with dark fruit making a boldly delicious appearance. Blackberry, black plum, boysenberry and blueberry up first. These are followed by warm black cherry, cassis and subtle black raisin. These fruits then slowly transition to spice, brown spice, black pepper and toasty, spiced oak.
Finish – Extremely long with the dark berries lingering for a very long time. These then yield to red fruit – which transforms to spice and earthy toasted oak and black pepper.
Conclusion – The 2007 Ceja Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is a fantastic wine. We loved the 2006, but this wine is far more to our liking, with bold, dark fruit that really drives the wine. Aromatics are through the roof, and the finish is seemingly endless. With great structure and a well-balanced acidity, this wine makes for easy pairing with your favorite hearty meal. We think that it would be just perfect with a seared rib-eye. Drinking beautifully, right now, this wine will continue to improve for many more years. Stock up for the holidays!
With harvest underway, it can sometimes be difficult to wrangle our winemakers for a sit-down. Be sure to check back for our full interview, the next time we feature another exceptional Ceja wine.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of the Ceja Vineyards winery in the Carneros AVA can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the winery says
About This Wine:
Aromas of spiced smoky rum, toasted plums and bright cranberries. The palate showcases seductively elegant rich fruit building to a full, mouth filling, round finish with a powerful yet subtle grip. Succulent and rich, this wine’s intense composition is savored with every sip!
Production Notes: Fermentation: Open-top, small vat, cold soaked, extended maceration, gentle punch downs.
About Ceja Vineyards:
Welcome to Ceja Vineyards. Each day as we gaze at the surrounding vineyards, we are reminded of the first Ceja vine. Planting our first vine together in rich Carneros soil was an exciting moment. That vine symbolized our bond as a family and strengthened our shared commitment to produce premium wines. We proudly continue a three-generation tradition of growing choice grapes in the beautiful Napa and Sonoma Valleys. We invite you to join us on our journey.
As you explore our website you’ll see, repeated often, a bell with the Latin inscription: vinum (wine), cantus (song), and amor (love). In Mexico, church bells ring to reveal the time, announce community celebrations or call parishioners to church. We have adopted the bell as our trademark, and symbolically ring it now to invite you to become a part of Ceja Vineyards.
Terroir, (pronounced tair wahr), is a French term and strictly translated refers to the earth. In the Carneros Region, the term is defined as a special set of conditions encompassing all the components that affect the grapes grown here. The soil’s chemistry and physical structure, the slope and orientation of the hills and valleys and the weather are all factors of terroir.
Located approximately 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, the Carneros Region’s moderate climate is created by fog, moist air, and cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean. Protected from harsh weather by the Coastal Range, Carneros summer days are warm with cool nights and winters are mild. As a result, grapes stay on the vine longer, reaching high acidity and full flavor development.
At Ceja Vineyards, we match vines to terroir, planting each variety where it grows best. Our wines are a true reflection of their origins.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley.
Vineyard Designation: Napa Valley, Silverado Trail, La Loma Vineyard
Harvest Date: October 23, 2007
Sugar: 24.6° at harvest
Aging: 34 months in French barrels