93 Insider Points
Previous Vintage Accolades:
Double Gold Medal, 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Want to try a Cabernet that will leave you running for another glass??? The pun's intended since this was named for Sonoma's Vineman Triathalon. I'm not saying that I could keep up with any of those runners, far from it, but this is a Cabernet that made me want to pick up the pace a bit.
It has everything that I love about Sonoma Cabernet happening in this bottle. Rich aromas of ripe blackberries and cassis, with some hints of dark chocolate sit on top of a ripe mouthful of deep, Cabernet fruit, thick and spicy, with creamy wood and enough tannic structure to let you know that it'll be great to drink even after five or six years in the cellar. It'll be loaded with loads of sexy fruit for years to come. It's very tasty! -PM
2007 Wilson Winery Vineman
Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
~100 Gold Medals & Winemaker of the Yr
From a winemaker who has been honored as Woman Winemaker of the Year (2008), has won close to 100 Gold Medals for her skills, and who describes her winemaking style as unorthodox, we would expect nothing less than an amazing Cabernet.
Diane Wilson, winemaker and owner of Wison Winery, has shot to the forefront of the Sonoma County wine industry, “My goal is to maximize the fruit flavor of the grape, making sure each wine has a front, a middle and a back, so it produces a full, rich mouth feel. To do this, it is all about balance." And her wines show all the balance and finesse that she has strived for over the year.
Here the 2007 Wilson Winery Vineman Cabernet Sauvignon is one that has a "run don't walk" vibe about it. Meaning - what's in the glass is so utterly delicious that it has had members of our Panel almost literally running to grab another glass before it disappeared. (And hey, that should be expected, the wine is named after the Sonoma Vineman Triathlon afterall) Showing notes of spicy red cherry and currant flavors wrapped with a blend of baking spices, it delves into cedar and a subtle hint of coffee. Finishing long with well-integrated tannins it is easy to enjoy right now with a good group of friends or by a roaring fire.
Inside Fact: Vineman is a special triathlon among the vineyards and what this Cabernet that will "go the distance" is named after.
Subtle yet classic Cabernet aromas of black currant and forest floor mingle with enticing vanilla oak. Easy to sip, this Cab offers delicious spicy red cherry and currant flavors wrapped with a blend of baking spices, cedar and just a hint of coffee. The broad finish reveals toasty oak, vanilla and a trace of licorice. Years of barrel and bottle aging have served this wine well, allowing you to enjoy it as soon as the cork is out. A great accompaniment to your favorite hearty meal, or while you enjoy time with friends or the pages of your favorite book.
When Diane and Ken Wilson first visited the Sonoma County they fell in love with the patchwork of oaks, vineyards and expansive vistas. Diane and Ken are devoted to things they value most—family and friends—and are committed to the stewardship and sustainable farming of the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys.
Diane, a native Californian, cherishes her high-energy lifestyle that includes raising children, making wine at Wilson Winery and taking an active role in the community.
Ken, born and raised in Ontario, Canada, is robust and passionate about his vineyards and wineries. It was Ken’s wisdom and vision that created the diversity of vineyard sources over the years. These vineyards provide the premium quality fruit that has brought notable recognition to the Wilson Family Wine Estates wineries.
Diane and Ken have three children—Sydney, Victoria (Tori) and Sawyer.
Pair this Cabernet with a bold beef stew or a cheese plate.