2007 Renteria Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder
The Tambor Vineyard is located in the southern part of Mt Veeder, and is situated on a southern facing hillside of clay loam soils, planted in 1992 to the Weimer clone on rootstock 3309, which produces small clusters with both medium and small sized berries. This vineyard is cane pruned and yields 2 tons per acre. At an elevation of 600 hundred feet, in the cooler Mt Veeder appellation, the average hillside slope is 27%, that’s steep! The up-and-down row orientation allows the vineyard to receive the cool breezes coming off the bay to the south in the evening while maximizing the sun exposure and warmth during the day. This gives slower ripening, preserving the nice varietal and fruit aromas and allows development of softer tannins. The wine was aged 20 months in 55% new French oak.
The 2007 wines have an intense concentration and beautiful extract, but are also elegant, with balanced tannins. The Renteria Mt Veeder follows this style, along with a full body and silkiness. The aromas are full of black fruits with fresh jammy, licorice and vanilla notes. The supple tannins and excellent depth will allow the wine to age very well for the next decade or so.
Composition: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah
Vineyard: 97% Tambor Vineyard, Mt Veeder
Winemaker: Karen Culler
Production: 220 cases
Suggested Retail: $50 per Bottle