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Oakville East Exposure 2007

Member Review by aronowm2:

Fruit Bomb-astic. it's funny that it's called exposure because this should not exposed to the light of day for at least another 5 years. Don't get me wrong it's terrific. It's just very young. I paired it with a skirt steak and the amount of tannins cut through perfectly. There is a large amount of sediment already in here after I decanted with a strainer so take that as you will.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Oakville East Wine Co:
It is with great excitement that we announce the second release of Oakville East – Exposure Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2005 vintage has been our darling since it was first tasted as grape juice after the crush. The wine captures the essence of one of the most celebrated sub-regions of the Valley, and once again our northwest exposure insured completely mature grapes in spite of the record breakin... Read more
It is with great excitement that we announce the second release of Oakville East – Exposure Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2005 vintage has been our darling since it was first tasted as grape juice after the crush. The wine captures the essence of one of the most celebrated sub-regions of the Valley, and once again our northwest exposure insured completely mature grapes in spite of the record breaking crop load. The result is a cabernet with the same elegance and soft integrated tannins as our inaugural 2004 vintage, but with more defined middle pallet. Part of the change can be attributed to the inclusion of a small amount of Cabernet Franc from the Saunder’s (20+ year old vines) vineyard that has become part program with the 2005 vintage. Another factor that will help define our vintages now and into the future is our movement through sustainable green agriculture techniques to organic and biodynamic farming practices. We certainly hope you enjoy our new release, but please be aware that the 2005 Oakville East – Exposure Cabernet Sauvignon was not bottled until June 5th, 2007. We recommend that you cellar this wine for at least a few months before enjoying, and we thank you very much for your trust in our labor of love. For those of you that do not know the Oakville East story, I have included the following from our initial press release. We planted our one acre, micro-vineyard in the eastern foothills of Oakville back in 1997 because we knew we had an extraordinary site for growing great Cabernet. A number of our neighbors also planted, or had already planted, their own micro-vineyards (1/3 to 1.5 acre blocks) and for a number of years we all sold our fruit to many luxury wineries in the Napa Valley. In 2004 we all came together and decided to combine our efforts to produce a wine that would be the true expression of our unique terroir. Why is this site so special? Matt Kramer said it best in the October 14, 2004 edition of The Wine Spectator: “We’re continuing to see an increasing number of Cabernet vineyards in untraditional or previously unexplored sites – often hillsides ones – in Napa Valley, Tuscany, Washington, Australia and South Africa, among other locales. One example would be the lush, almost liquorous Cabernets coming from what I call Oakville East, that section of the Oakville district in the hills of the Vaca Range. This is where you find Dalla Valle, Showket, and Oakville Ranch, among others. What emerges from this rocky, sun-drenched zone is like no other Cabernet in the world.” (The “others” Matt did not mention include Miner Ranch, Phelps Bacchus, Rudd, Screaming Eagle and Plumpjack.) Great terroir is just the starting point for great wine. We spare no expense or effort in the vineyard and winery to ensure the highest quality. From green farming and restricted yields, to double sorting tables, French Oak and a great winemaker, we leave nothing to chance. Winemaker Sarah Gott who gained international fame as the winemaker with Joseph Phelps for ten years and Quintessa for two years takes great pride in the project. “This is a wonderful undertaking”, says Sarah. “The area is beautiful and the climate and soils are perfect for Cabernet. What makes this endeavor unique is working with a handful of micro-vineyards instead of a larger piece of property. Each parcel features a single relatively homogeneous terroir that gives the grapes a distinct flavor and balance. We not only harvest each vineyard individually, but we also do multiple pickings at each site to guarantee only ripe, mature grapes. It’s exciting to work with individual growers that lavish extra resources and attention to their small vineyard blocks. It makes for spectacular fruit.” In 2004 we produced 494 cases of Oakville East – Exposure Cabernet Sauvignon. It is rich, aromatic and elegant, with earth, dark chocolate, cassis and berries. The flavors are pure, and the tannins are sweet and balanced. We hope you will join us as one of the first people to enjoy this wonderful wine. Elliot & Avis Stern, Proprietors Read less

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Snooth User: aronowm2
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06/09/2010

Fruit Bomb-astic. it's funny that it's called exposure because this should not exposed to the light of day for at least another 5 years. Don't get me wrong it's terrific. It's just very young. I paired it with a skirt steak and the amount of tannins cut through perfectly. There is a large amount of sediment already in here after I decanted with a strainer so take that as you will.



<p>From grapes grown in Napa Valley&rsquo;s Oakville Appellation, this wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petite Verdot. Dark fruit, plums and cedar on the nose give way to rich fruit and raspberry notes. Recommended to pair with steak, lamb, or Ahi tuna.</p>

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