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2007: A fine year for cabernet

Napa Valley's 2007 vintage of cabernet has been receiving perfect or near-perfect ratings from critics.

Some years, weather patterns just line up right for winemakers, said Fred Tasker in The Miami Herald. That was the case for Napa Valley in 2007, when days were “sunny and dry” and nights cool. The result is a cabernet sauvignon vintage that has been receiving perfect or near-perfect ratings from critics. Here are three that are “complex and powerful.”

Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($115). Expect “powerful flavors of cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice, and vanilla” from this pricey cab. Yet it’s also “smooth and creamy, with big, ripe tannins.”

Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon ($30). Also “rich and smooth,” with “aromas and flavors of black plums, cloves, and vanilla.”

Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon ($27). You’ll taste “black cherries and bittersweet chocolate” in this smooth cab blend.

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