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Anyone reading my previous TN's probably felt I was abused by my wine retailer for such a disappointing night. But for some odd reason when I cut and pasted the listing, my two favorites of the evening got deleted. I include them now.

2007 Honig Cabernet
Bramble berries with slight wild streak along with some sugar cane sweetness. Slightly out of balance towards the tannic side and thus could use a couple of years to tone down. Nice depth and length though. A-.

2007 ZD Cabernet
Loads of sweet lush cherries. Very well balanced. Ready to drink now. A-.

My first try of both these producers. They in my opinion delivered more than the pricer wines in the previous post.

Ardeis in Seminole
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2007 ZD Cabernet
Loads of sweet lush cherries. Very well balanced. Ready to drink now. A-.

My first try of both these producers. They in my opinion delivered more than the pricer wines in the previous post.

Ardeis in Seminole


i went very deep their reserve wine including picking up a double mag of the reserve, it's absoltuely fantastic juice.
It seems that 2007 will be a very good vintage, and IMO you can tell that by how the $20-$40 cabs do, like the ones you listed above. I've really enjoyed a couple of cheapies myself, including the Mondavi Napa and the Raymond Reserve. I don't routinely buy these but when a vintage piques my curiosity I like to sample around in the low range to get a feel for it without spending $60 per bottle.
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Originally posted by grossie:

It seems that 2007 will be a very good vintage, and IMO you can tell that by how the $20-$40 cabs do, like the ones you listed above. I've really enjoyed a couple of cheapies myself, including the Mondavi Napa and the Raymond Reserve. I don't routinely buy these but when a vintage piques my curiosity I like to sample around in the low range to get a feel for it without spending $60 per bottle.


I doubt any would deny that 2007 was a very good NorCal vintage, but I think the Raymond Reserve Cab has been quite a standout at the sub $30 price point for several vintages now...not just 07.

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