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Amapola Creek 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - Review

Sonoma Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week May 7, 2012

A bottle of Amapola Creek 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, our wine of the week

Amapola Creek
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sonoma Valley, CA

Amapola Creek is the latest venture from esteemed vintner Richard Arrowood. Richard has been making wine in the Sonoma Valley for over 45 years with a resume that includes such iconic wineries as Korbel, Chateau St. Jean and, of course, Arrowood. In 2001, Arrowood began organically cultivating the vineyard property that would eventually become Amapola Creek. The winery currently produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Rhone blend. The 2007 Cabernet is a big, impressive wine. Its aromas are massive and complex, offering black cherry, ripe blackberry, bramble, tobacco and toasted oak. On the palate, it is loaded with texture from a combination of bright acidity and fine grain tannins. Its fruit flavors, including cassis and blackberry, hit the front of the palate, with earthier, almost spicy notes coming out at the back of the mouth and on the remarkably long finish. The Cab is one of those American wines so full in body and complexity that it is practically a meal on its own. But if you'd like to pair it with food, a simple filet mignon would fit the bill, as would grilled veal chop with a red wine reduction or seared venison in a blackberry sauce.

Rating: 15/20

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See also:
Amapola Creek 2008 Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard

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