The 2007 growing season was marked by weather extremes& single
digit frosts and rainfall 60% of normal. Clusters were smaller than
usual so the yield was less than normal. Despite these challenges and due
to the near perfect end of season weather, the quality was exceptional and
the vintage promises to be one of the best of the decade.
The 22-acre estate in the heart of the Stags Leap District is planted to
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Stags Leap District is renowned
for its elegant, distinctive and full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.
9/4/07 (Merlot) to 9/27/07 (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Fermentation & Aging
The 2007 vintage was fermented in our traditional style 3 days of cold soak on the skins after sorting and destemming. A warm fermentation lasted 12 days followed by 9 days of extended skin contact before gentle pressing in a basket press. This vintage was aged in mostly new Chateau Ferré French oak barrels. Racked several times before bottling in the summer of 2009.
Pillar Rock consistently makes Cabernet Sauvignon that is a hallmark of
Stags Leap District style -- an elegant forward nose of berries and spices
surrounded by full and deep flavors. A unique light spice in the ose
reminds me of cinnamon and spices. This vintage will age gracefully for
at least 15 years.