Vintage Notes
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing Season 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.

Vineyard 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.

Harvest Brix: 26.6˚
Acid:

.66 grams/100ml

pH: 3.60
Harvest dates:

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.

Finished Wine Bottling date: August 27, 2009
Release spring 2010
Sizes: 562-6-bottle cases, 141-12-bottle cases,
240-1.5L, 6-3.0L, 3-6.0L bottles
Bottle age: More than 6 months

100% Napa Valley
Stags Leap District

100% estate grown, vinted and bottled
Blend

91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon
8.7% Merlot

Alcohol: 

14.6%


Winemaker's Comments 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.