The 2007 vintage was a winemaker’s dream, and, quite possibly, the vintage of a lifetime. An unusually dry winter gave way to a warm, dry spring, which significantly reduced the crop size. These conditions produced very highly concentrated grapes. Consistent temperatures during the summer months ensured the fruit matured slowly and evenly. As a result, there was full phenolic development in the red grapes and an ideal level of ripeness, thereby making it a perfect vintage for Rubicon. Harvest commenced in mid-September and ended on Halloween. With hardly any rain, they had the luxury of slowly bringing in the fruit, picking small lots of fruit at a time, only when optimally ripe. The lack of precipitation during harvest coupled with a lower yield overall produced fruit that’s deeply expressive and highly aromatic.
Only one of every four acres of Cabernet they grow on the Estate is deemed worthy of becoming part of Rubicon. Even in extraordinary vintages such as this one, where all of the fruit is of a very high quality, certain lots will stand apart and express a special complexity. And, though nearly all vintages of Rubicon contain Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, their Cabernet Sauvignon was so expressive this year and had such a lush texture on its own, they did not feel the need to add Merlot to the blend. The addition of the highly colored, high energy Petit Verdot added immediate mouthfeel and seamless texture to the Cabernets. Furthermore, because of the intense concentration of flavors in the fruit, only small quantities of Cabernet Franc were included. The wine was then aged in new French oak barrels for twenty months, to soften the tannins.
Opulent and richly textured, the 2007 Rubicon has a velvety mouthfeel with well integrated tannins. Dark, decadent flavors of black sour cherries, crushed wild berries, and black currants create a foundation upon which rest alluring notes of vanilla, spices, violets, and tobacco leaves. Though this vintage seems ready to enjoy now, the power and purity of the 2007 Rubicon will allow it to age for 20+ years.