2007 Grgich Hills Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Mission Codename: The 96er

Operative: Agent Red

Objective: Revisit our friends at Grgich Hills Estate to acquire their delicious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: Grgich Hills Estate

Wine Subject: 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker: Miljenko “Mike” Grgich

Backgrounder: In 1976, Mike Grgich rocked the wine world by creating a California that beat out French Chardonnays in the now famous Judgment of Paris. The French were outraged, and Mike Grgich earned the respect of wine drinkers and critics, worldwide. Today, Mike continues to oversee production of what have been heralded as “the finest wines in the world”. We are very proud to be able to bring you today’s fantastic Grgich Hills Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winewriter Robert Whitley gave today’s wine a 96 point score, calling it a ”cure for the Cult Cab affliction.”

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Deep ruby hues, with a deepening heart of dark black cherry juice. Color maintains concentration, right out to the fine pinkish edges of the wine. On swirling, tight clusters of chubby, wine-stained legs collect high on the glass – and then move very slowly down the glass.

Smell – Deep and very aromatic, with dark layers of ripe blackberry, black cherry and red plum. After some swirling, aromas of soft cedar, chocolate dust, soft exotic spice and violets emerge.

Feel – Plush and very smooth, with a wonderful roundness at the initial entry. At the mid-palate, a chewy crushed velvet feeling spreads to the corners of the palate, introducing a slight dryness as the feeling coats the mouth.

Taste – Dark and complex with delicious black and red fruit. In the lead are blackberry, black cherry and cassis. Beneath these, black cherry, blueberry and a hint of black fig are revealed. As the wine opens up, soft spice, anise and soft oak make an appearance, mostly at the back palate.

Finish – Complex, flavor-filled and very long, with black fruit giving way to red fruit, chocolate dust, spice and a hint of peppery oak at the very end.

Conclusion – This is yet another masterpiece from our friends at Grgich! Their 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a remarkable wine from one of our most popular wineries. Rich, deep, flavorful and aromatic, this wine delivers the sort of exciting experience that is often found in ultra-premium Napa Cabs. That is, those that deserve the higher prices that they command. Today’s wine seems like a bargain, comparatively. If you love classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, we encourage you to stock up on this wine. Overall, the 2007 vintage was a stellar one for Napa Cabernets (Robert Parker, Jr. gave the vintage a 96 point score), and this wine exemplifies the best of the vintage. Enjoy with a grilled steak, a hearty pasta dish – or all on its own.

Wine Spies Vineyard Check:

The location of the Grgich Hills Estate can be seen in this satellite photo.

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