Written by Nikitas Magel
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LM: (con'd) That's where it's so important for our approach to allow things to be as they are. Sure, we'll use to science to understand what's really going on (with the fermentation process, for example), and we will use artistry to make decisions on the final blends. But otherwise, this is all more about being humble and letting the vineyard speak for itself. Then, of course, we can direct things a bit by using different cuvées, especially with our reds. But nature really has the last word; and that's the beauty of the industry, the beauty of our job.
All the more beautiful is how the team at Vineyard 7 & 8 have managed to strike a sense of balance, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Knowing when and how to facilitate the grapegrowing and winemaking processes, all while showcasing the terroir of their own estate and of neighboring vineyards on Spring Mountain, is a skill as elegant and graceful as the wines themselves of Vineyard 7 & 8. To learn more about this producer and its portfolio of wines, visit Vineyard 7 & 8 online. Photo Credits: Curt Fischer and Caryn Bostrom.
Tasting Notes on the Vineyard 7 & 8 Portfolio
- 2007 "8" Chardonnay: Pronounced aromas and flavors of quince and lemon creme, with a soft, round, luxurious mouthfeel, and lingering finish.
- 2007 "7" Cabernet: Generous aromas of dark red berry fruit with pronounced liquorice notes, coming through on the long finish with chalky tannins.
- 2007 "Estate" Cabernet: Rich & concentrated aromas of cassis, mocha, liquorice, and clove, all that come through on the palate with very ripe and fine, chalky tannins, and a beautifully long finish.