The 2007 growing season began with a moderately warm winter, which was followed by a very mild spring and summer. This prompted an even, steady ripening in the grapes out in the vineyards and nice development of acids, sugars and phenolics. The dryness of the season resulted in smaller berries and clusters, with a notable concentration of flavors.
With Cabernet of this quality, Laurie's belief in taking a minimalist approach to winemaking. Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, Laurie used tailored pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines for approximately two years in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of new French Nevers oak from coopers with whom she has long-established relationships.
The “Rancho del Oso Roja” vineyard, located on Howell Mountain at approximately 1800 feet elevation and named for the red bears that swim in the nearby pond, has red, volcanic soils that are friable and loose, with excellent drainage. Plush yet graceful, it exhibits the earthiness of a mountain wine while retaining a notable elegance.
Wine Advocate | Robert Parker | December 2010
"The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho del Oso displays notes of graphite, crushed rock, boysenberries and blueberries."