2007 Chateau Rollat Cabernet Sauvignon “Rollat”

Hello friends. It never ceases to amaze me to find lovely bottles of 2007 vintage Washington wine still available. I joked back in March of this year (when offering the 2007 RiverAerie Cab) that it was our last bottle from 2007. (Until our next last bottle from 2007). I’ve cried wolf about the end of access to bottles from 2007 enough times that I’ve lost all credibility on the topic.

So be it. The vintage was widely lauded as the best of the past decade, and when opportunities arise to source well-aged bottles from 07, we’re going to pounce, credibility be damned. Especially when it comes with a price drop:

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “($38); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Chateau Rollat is a Walla Walla winery perhaps best known for its consulting winemaker, Christian LeSommer, whose other stints in the wine world include time at Chateau Latour (a first growth estate in Bordeaux) and Chateau D’Yquem (the famous Sauternes producer). It’s always fascinating to see a Bordelaise vision applied to Washington fruit.

PaulG’s review was published in September 2011, so this is no longer such a baby (a toddler maybe?).The oak is continuing to integrate nicely, swaddling the fruit in espresso, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and leather spice. That fruit is dark as can be. It comes entirely from the twin queens of the Walla Walla Valley – Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge – and to me it has a very Pepper Bridge profile, with fresh blackberry and cassis mingling with dried black cherry. It also possesses Pepper Bridge’s tannic power. After a lovely, silky mid-palate, this rolls into a powerhouse finish, all earl-grey chew. Plenty of years ahead for this, but it’s already beginning to show the grace and complexity that only bottle age can bring.

First come first served up to 24 bottles, and the wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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