2007 York Creek "Track" 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 Domestic wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2017 | Send Email
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As with its 2007 colleague, “Horseshoe,” this vineyard block produced a deeply colored Cabernet, yet is much more forward and drinking near-term. Spicy, almost sagebrush-like, intermingled with blackberry to plum-like driven fruit notes, all of which is underscored by hints of cedar, mushrooms, and earthiness, this Cabernet carries over nicely to a round, infused, generous mouthfeel, with excellent complexity, fullness, and structure, that leads to a deep, lush, silky finish. Drink this Gem over the course of the next five to eight years while you wait for the “Horseshoe.” Only ten barrels were produced (translation: 25 cases per barrel) EXCELLENT VALUE!!! ***** 14.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2017 to 2025

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2017 | Send Email
The 2007 Track Block is pure, aged, Spring Mountain in all of its power and rustic charm. The wines from Spring Mountain always have a specific signature, for me it is sage and porcini mushroom highlights that play off of the wealth of black fruits and firm, but pliable back-end tannins. I could not think of another Spring Mountain wine that I’ve tasted in the last 5 years that comes close to showing the hallmark traits of the appellation as this wine does. Add the fine polishing that the extended bottle time has added to this wine and there is something special here. This is my new go-to steak wine and it will be for some time, as it has 4-8 years at least left in the bottle. (All York Creek wines are unfined and unfiltered and do throw considerable sediment; a decant is greatly recommended for sediment reasons.)

Staff Image 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 Track Block Cabernet is just beginning to show its age with aromas of cedar and saddle leather. Still virile though with loads of sweet black fruit along with notes of cassis and black licorice. Fine tannins frame the finish.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
The two York Creek blocks we recently received in are from the phenomenal 2007 vintage that California wine lovers will recognize as one of the best in recent history. These wines are produced by a team with decades of experience in the Napa Valley in one of the most coveted areas. The Track block is still showing incredible structure and acidity, which indicates it can age for many more years to come. This wine has greatly benefitted from ten years in bottle and is certainly approachable now with decanting, but will also hold in the cellar. This is an incredible deal for under $30 and is truly one of the best domestic Cab's in the store right now.
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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
Shows classic SMD & 2007 structure ! AMAZING WINE and PRICE!!! Will drink now with a steak and an hour or so decanting. Will age as well, but only if you can keep your hands off it. BUY,BUY,BUY and don't say I did not warn you after it sells out.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2017 | Send Email
Finally we are getting some more York Creek and I will have to be honest this is one of the best I have tasted. Although this does not quite have the richness that the 2005 vintage from Track had it more than makes up for that with elegance and finesse in my opinion. There is an earthy quality to the nose alongside the dark sweet berry and bramble notes. Good acid keeps the wine fresh and moving forward with long tannins also helping to bring about a long finish. This wine is drinking beautifully right now but could easily go for more years.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2017 | Send Email
We have been encouraging Bryan Brick to keep the York Creek coming, and fortunately for all of us who appreciate real deal, mountain grown Cab, he has done just that. Of the two 2007 York Creek's, this is the one with a bit of a sterner structure; it's delicious now, but probably best served with a grilled steak to best showcase the poised, pitch perfect Cabernet fruit. This is not a Cab that you want to miss.

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Varietal:

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.