Wednesday, May 27, 2015

***+ Chez Ray CRR7 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Russian River Valley, Sonoma


CRR7 (2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Russian River Valley, Sonoma):

Tasting notes from blending party, May, 2011:

Ray: color medium brick; aroma deep fruit and alcohol; flavor clean bright but light, 2+ for bright fruitiness.  Karin: delicate flavor, sweet finish, 3.  Jim, good fruit.  Eric, L aroma not much smell; flavor, very nice tannins, strong finish, rich flavor but not too remarkable (though very enjoyable!), 3+.  Rob: color, deep red; aroma, tarry; flavor, alcoholic, 2.

Updated review, over six months later, December, 2011:  Deep ruby red in the glass.  This bottle was corked!  Cracked open a second bottle....  Same color.  Shy red fruit on the nose, some hint of plum.  Soft and rich palate, though, excellent mouthfeel, gentle red and black berry flavors.  Three stars with a plus for its outstanding mouthfeel. 
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Updated review, another two years later, December, 2013:  Full, rich blackberry on the nose.  Gentle, fresh, blackberry fruit, with solid tannins and light acids still holding up the freshness.  Still aging nicely after six years from vintage date!
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Yet another updated review, another year and a half later, now eight years from vintage date, May, 2015:  Deep brick in the glass.  Aroma bold red, but partially corked (wow, two corked bottles in same batch!)   Ignoring corked elements, still shows nice rich, fresh red fruit.  Opened another bottle.  Same color.  Aroma is clean, with just the tiniest hint of tiredness.  Rich and yet bright on the palate. 

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