95 Insider Points
2011 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition:
Best of Class
The more I've tasted the wines of Windsor Oaks, the more impressed I am with their style and substance. This large vineyard has become a valuable source for so many top wineries and they get first pick for their own labels. Not too bad a deal at all.
The 2007 Reserve Cabernet comes from a vineyard at the very top of Chalk Hill, long considered one of Sonoma's best Cabernet sites. Intense and almost opaque, the rich color is a visual delight. The spicy, minty nose is redolent of blackcurrants and cassis. Richly fruited, with dark cherries and sweet vanilla flavors showing prominently, this smooth, supple wine will please any serious Cabernet fan. Very drinkable now, but it has the style and substance to go another 15 or 20 years. - PM
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2007 Windsor Oaks Rsv Cabernet Sauvignon
Chalk Hill, Sonoma *Acclaimed Vintage
'Best of Class' | Rare Flagship Luxury
There are two reasons Windsor Oaks doesn’t submit for scores: First, their small-production wines are highly limited and hard to find. And second, frankly, they don’t really need to. Their success is no secret; they’ve been providing fruit to some of the region’s most prestigious wineries for years (think Pax, Flowers, and Williams Selyem). When they use those grapes for their personal label, the results make our taste buds stand at attention and forward… March!
Like their flagship wine here: a crème-de-la-crème Reserve Cab from one of California’s most famous appellations and most acclaimed vintages, winning awards galore—Chairman’s Choice, Best of Class, and Double Gold—at the well regarded, 2011 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition. From one of the crown jewels of Sonoma and Napa, it’s pure luxury, small in production (only 210 cases!) big on flavor: complex and richly layered with ripe black cherry, spiced vanilla cola, and currants. We call it mountain estate-grown glory sure to please any serious Cabernet lover now and over the next 15 years.
Inside Fact:The Chalk Hill AVA encompasses the northeast corner of the larger Russian River AVA. It was established in June of 1988, and named for its unique, volcanically-derived, and chalky-white ash soils. The upper hills lend themselves to the production of excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, along with Cabernet Franc and Merlot.