2007 York Creek "Horseshoe Block" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $40)

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After the last few years I think just about everyone has heard us pontificating about just how good, and how insanely inexpensive, the York Creek wines are. Luckily for us and our thirsty customers Fritz Maytag kept deep cellars over the years and still has plenty of wine for us to sell. After the rousing success of past vintages we just keep reloading because the wines are that good and you keep asking us for more. Our latest find are two wines from 2007, they are 100% Cabernet and are from single blocks on the Estate. These wines were made by Fritz himself and are appropriate for drinking now or cellaring for another number of years. One side note: there are between 60-80 cases each of these and if history tells us anything these will be gone in a matter of days if not hours. Act fast. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2017 | Send Email
After the last three to four years of offerings of incredibly produced older, aged vintages of Cabernets and Bordeaux-style blends from the many different vineyard blocks, in quantity, from York Creek Vineyards, I have to ask myself, “What was owner, Fritz Maytag, thinking of by stockpiling, in such large amounts, these exceptional vintages of great wines and not selling them following bottling?” Well, whatever was going through his brain at the time, he now has certainly made a ton of our customers as well as most of our K&L wine staff, very happy – my wine cellar and I included. When I first uncorked and poured a glass of this Cabernet, I couldn’t believe just how inky dark and young it appeared to be, particularly with the realization that it was already ten years old. Loaded with blackberry, currant, and cassis fruit in its lush, powerful nose, this broad, concentrated, viscous Cabernet has layers of complex, proportional, yet perfectly balanced flavors with exceptional structure and a long, warm finish. This is a stunning Gem that I honestly believe will easily age another ten to twenty years, but with decanting and airing can be drunk near-term. Not much was produced (only ten barrels) and it will disappear (probably into my cellar) before you can blink an eye. STUNNING VALUE!!! ***** 14.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2017 to 2035

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2017 | Send Email
York Creek’s label is one that activates some sort of Pavlovian response in me. Where else can you find pre-aged premium Spring Mountain cab for under thirty bucks? And when I write premium, I mean it. Ten years in, this Cab from the Horseshoe Vineyard remains powerful and focused, a mountain cab at its best. Black fruit, graphite, mocha, mint and herbs are dense and well-integrated with oak and enough acid to balance it with freshness. This is a fantastic library release from a legendary vintage.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2017 | Send Email
We've emailed many York Creek wines, featuring multiple vintages and various cuvées over the past several years. Given the across-the-board consistency and deliciousness, I think our customers have reached the same conclusion as we have about these: you need to act fast and buy them before they disappear. There are no $30 California Cabernet that sell as quickly, and the reason is because these were in fact originally destined to sell for $50 (and at this price would be better wine than much of the $50 Napa Cab competition). The Horseshoe Block bottling is a bit broader on the palate, with darker tasting, comparably riper fruit when tasted next to the Track. There's always room in the cellar for Cabs as drinkable as this one.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
2007 is a famously ripe vintage in California. The wines have always enjoyed broad appeal. So much so that most were probably drunk up within a few years of release. What fun then to be able to revisit the vintage 10 years on with these wines direct from the cellars at York Creek. The 2007 Horseshoe Block Cabernet is surprisingly youthful at ten years old with still firm tannins and barely a hint of age. Hints of violets on the nose. Richly textured on the palate with plenty of ripeness and sweet, almost candied black fruits.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
This is absolutely one of the best values in the store right now for any category. It's almost impossible to find any library wine that tastes as smooth, refined, and fresh as this one, let alone one for under $30. The Horseshoe block shows a lot of deep, polished fruit and its years in bottle have mellowed the tannins and acid to bring this wine to a perfect balance right now. California wine connoisseurs know what a phenomenal vintage 2007 was and this wine is certainly a great example of that incredible harvest.
Top Value!

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
The 2007 Horseshoe Block is one of the lusher and riper York Creek bottlings we’ve seen recently. For a 10 year old bottling this has shocking depth and freshness with lush wild berry, cassis and even some tones of Mexican cocoa powder. I was floored by the drinkablilty of this wine, it’s great from the minute you pull the cork, and for the value it can not be beat. We are so happy that the massive well of affordable, pre-aged and mountain structured wines we’ve found at York Creek have not yet dried up. (All York Creek wines are unfined and unfiltered and do throw considerable sediment, a decant is greatly recommended for sediment reasons.)

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
Drinking York Creek is not only a cool way to taste California history, it is one of the few bottlings that one can still get Spring Mountain fruit for a very reasonable price thanks to us buying directly from their warehouse. Red mountain fruit with plenty of minerality showcase a wine that is vibrant and still in it's early drinking days. A strong acid core keeps the wine on the lighter side while promising long aging potential. For those who want to see what a long lived, old school wine ought to taste grab a few of these because it will probably run out quickly.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.