Opulence and texture is the theme for this wine. The 2007 Transformation opens with the generous aromas of a blackberry bramble and a fine chocolate. The texture makes an immediate impression with the broad and supple tannins extending from the entry to the finish. Yet, this wine retains a youthful edge that promises longevity. For the 2007, the Cabernet Sauvignon is more assertive with bold, opulent flavors of ripe cherry and black currant. The Merlot adds chocolate notes and lends a rounding sensation to the mid-palate while smoothing the tannins on the finish. As a result, this is a big wine that will impress with its accessibility. The finish is extended with a delightful suggestion of blackberry and red currant. This is a thoroughly contemporary bottling that demonstrates why Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon marry so well. While one grape variety offers a refreshing and savory vibrancy, the other adds polish and refinement that brings balance to this noteworthy blend
This was a vintage of contrasts: contrasts from previous vintages, and contrasts from early predictions to final outcome, yet winegrowers adapted to changing conditions all along the way to finish with what was an outstanding vintage. The year began dry with some very cold days and single-digit nighttime temperatures around the New Year holiday, and continued dry, with about 60% of normal precipitation throughout the appellation. Temperatures were warmer than normal as winter continued into spring with resulting earlier budding, bloom and set in the vineyards across all varieties. The summer growing season continued on the mild to cool side, with few days topping 100 degrees, even in the warmest locations in the appellation. There were also notably fewer days in the 90s, and harvest followed a traditional, even relaxed, pace. Clusters, as well as individual berries on the clusters, though set at a normal quantity, were notably smaller in all varieties due to the dry season.