Notre Vin Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2007, Napa Valley, USA
MAY-BRITT & DENIS MALBEC, formerly of Château Latour, have created the wines of Notre Vin to honor their favorite California terroirs. Nearly a decade of consulting with Napa and Sonoma Valleys’ finest wineries has given this team an in-depth understanding of the region’s diverse vineyards and microclimates. They have carefully selected vineyards in the Napa Valley, including Howell Mountain, and along the Sonoma Coast that yield grapes of concentration and balance, and they interpret this fruit through a legacy of Bordeaux winemaking experience that spans generations.
Notre Vin, which means “our wine” in French, produces a Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Howell Mountain foothills, a Rosé from Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Burgundian-style Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. All wines are crafted in very limited quantities.
2007 tasting notes
This dark garnet Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2007 vintage exhibits a fabulous nose of crushed rock, graphite and cedar, layers of sweet black and blue fruits intermixed with cocoa powder, walnut, fresh almonds and scents of freshly roasted coffee. In the mouth this wine shows concentration, great richness and volume with a sense of freshness and energy together with that noble sweetness of tannin with stunning purity as well as a layered sensual finish. The aftertaste leaves you with delicious flavors of blood orange and tangerine. When young, our 2007 Howell Mountain was massively tannic and just recently started to open up. It is a beauty that can be enjoyed now, particularly with decanting, however it will benefit from more time in the cellar.