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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 5 
ProducerWallis Family Estate (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionNapa Valley
AppellationDiamond Mountain

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 7 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.3 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 20 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by gf2182 on 12/23/2014 & rated 90 points: pretty smooth and the whole family enjoyed it .... but a little too oaky vanilla for my taste, masks too much of the fruit, but certainly not offensive (571 views)
 Tasted by mxpbuy on 5/23/2014 & rated 90 points: Black fruits, currant, leather, Oak and smooth. The wine is still young but I'm not sure how much it will improve. Enjoy now. (1163 views)
 Tasted by jedwilson on 5/18/2014 & rated 93 points: A fine example of the 2007 vintage, this very affordable wine ($30) is drinking beautifully now. The flavor fills the mouth without overpowering; the finish lingers in a just right way; the tannins are at a near-perfect level. Enjoy this on a fine spring day! (1121 views)
 Tasted by Sauvyfan on 3/30/2014 & rated 90 points: Dark, sexy, intense wine. Has many of the mountain fruit characteristics, but with greater depth of fruit. Much better on Night 2; tannins have softened a bit, but still obvious. (1311 views)
 Tasted by mxpbuy on 11/1/2013 & rated 90 points: A bit rough when first opened but after a few hours decant it came around nicely. Plenty of backbone to these tannins. Vanilla Oak over blackberries and currant. (1793 views)
 Tasted by mxpbuy on 8/16/2013 & rated 91 points: Excellent Napa value. Took about 4 hours to fully open. Wonderful blackberries, hints of red fruits, some vanilla Oak. Smooth but tannins still have some backbone. Nice full body with a 20+ second finish. (1722 views)
 Tasted by hdchappy on 1/11/2013 & rated 91 points: Very good Napa Cab, even better price. Punches well above its price point. (1921 views)
 Tasted by Sauvyfan on 1/5/2013 & rated 89 points: This is a really nice Cab dominated by black and red fruits. Everything about this effort is above average, but nothing exceptional. The finish shows the tannins to be a bit harsh, which is what keeps this score under 90. (1914 views)
 Tasted by viking60 on 12/6/2012 & rated 88 points: Plums and cherry, cinnamon. Needs time. (1956 views)
 Tasted by Noahc on 12/2/2012 & rated 89 points: Garnet with slight brick, nose has mostly oak with some cherry, fairly round without much heat and an almost glycerine feel. Palate is fairly thin at first with some blackberry, raspberry, cherry, slight cranberry, not much oak, good acidity, some sweetness followed by tartness, and smooth low tannins. A surprisingly fruity finish. To me it is not extraordinary but it is interesting. (1497 views)
 Tasted by NEwino on 11/27/2012 & rated 90 points: This bottle had a ton of oak on the nose. It was a bit less prominent on the palate. This was a nice bottle that has plenty of time with a smooth fine tannin finish. The better days are ahead of this wine. Drink now to 2017 (1283 views)
 Tasted by mxpbuy on 7/26/2012 & rated 91 points: Sampled 7/25/12. A really good wine and a great value. Sweet red and black fruits, some sweet Oak, dried herbs, a little green veggies and a lot is going on here. Not perfectly seemless or balanced on acidity, tannins and fruit, but it still quite good. The wine only took about 45 mintues to open. Not sure this will make it to 2020, but it can certainly be enjoyed over the next 5+ years. (1321 views)
 Tasted by ikkaariainen on 6/19/2012 & rated 89 points: A very nice, fruit forward still very youthful Diamond Mtn district Napa cab enjoyed recently in the NC mountains at the Gamekeeper restaurant outside of Blowing Rock with good CT wine buddy neighborbill. Very dark, medium to full bodied, pronounced tannins and bold fruit present with enough structure left for years of further cellaring. A bit hot and one dimensional at this point and I do expect significant improvement with further aging. Right now this wine needs a lot of air, would recommend at least a 1-2 hour decant. Nose dark, bold and veru fruit forward with dark fruit, blackberry and cassis. Primary flavors included well balanced and not overdone oak, cassis, dark fruit, graphite and a surprsingly lean pleasant aftertaste. I do recommend this wine and at this price point it is a very reasonable QPR but probably just now entering a reasonable drinking window and this wine has a lot of upside left with further aging. (1526 views)
 Tasted by bullmrkt on 12/27/2011 & rated 89 points: On day 1 this was hot oaky disjointed mess so we put it aside. Day 2 brought on a transformed wine. The heat and oak had subsided considerably yielding a much more integrated, smooth, if a bit simple palate. Give this some time or a very long decant. (1824 views)
 Tasted by viking60 on 12/3/2011 & rated 92 points: Great acid, great plum fruit. A tad bit hot (1917 views)
 Tasted by mxpbuy on 6/12/2011 & rated 90 points: Sampled 6/10/11. A nice wine that shows some good tannin structure. It'll be a few more years before this wine rounds out. The alcohol and acidity seem in balance so it be in good form for another 10+ years. Black fruits, tar, some pencil shavings and Oak are all present. Will need to come back to this reasonably priced wine in a couple years to see how it is doing. (2194 views)
 Tasted by bruinesq84 on 6/2/2011 & rated 92 points: aerated after opening but probably didn't need it as it was pretty mellow from the start. Great velvety mouthfeel with bigtime diamond mountain fruit. MMM. not an ample mouthfeel which is the only thing holding me back in the rating. nice fiinsh though. Really like Wallis wines and can't wait for the 08s when TRB oversees the wine making. (2305 views)

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