Dark clear ruby out to thin clear edges. Considerably more sed than the 06 a few days ago. A denser, darker grade of colour as well. Sweet, intensely floral nose. Rose and hibiscus and black, dense blackberry fruit, tinder-box and conifer smoke with tons of bright mint and slight eucalyptus. Really an amazing nose, carrying with it a certain Old-World musky cellar nuance blending nicely with the slight polish apparent. Considerably more concentrated in the mouth than the 06 as well. Starts out on mineral-ridden fruit and both grow together into a duet of massive ripe black-cherry fruit and a dusky bitter earth and acid with the afore-mentioned floral also doing its thing to keep the tannins at bay. But it is futile. Eventually–far into the finish, the last fruit succumbs to the mildly-vicious backbone. This is one to watch. Not a massive jam-bomb. Not a ripe, velvety 90-pointer. Not a thin fader. A classic Rutherford cab from a good vintage.
2007 SAWYER CELLARS Meritage Bradford Rutherford Napa Valley 14.1