Friday, June 29, 2012

Moon Mountain Vineyard 2007 Petit Verdot-Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

June Wine Selections 004

When we read that there was a closeout of Moon Mountain Vineyard wine we burned up the keyboard placing an order to stock up on these elegant wines. We were introduced to Moon Mountain a couple years ago by tasting team member Ace of Bass. He brought a Moon Mountain Cabernet to a tasting and it entranced the group – being rich, fruit forward, and sporting a super long finish.

We recently popped open the first of our Moon Mountain shipment, the 2007 Petit Verdot – Cab blend. Petit Verdot is best known as a blending grape in Bordeaux wines, but we have recently been appreciating it as a lead player. In a twist, Cabernet Sauvignon is a supporting player at 30% of the blend.

The wine is a luxurious deep purple with a dark berry bouquet. The name of the winery conjures up a bit of mystery and the wine delivers with flavor notes of plum and dark cherry. The wine has structure, but the mountains of the moon are smooth and this PV follows suit. Vanilla and spice flavor notes elevates this wine above a typical Sonoma Cabernet.

The grapes are estate grown and organic, adding to the allure. The winery is located on the Sonoma side of Mount Veeder at about 2,000 feet. The winery and vineyards were sold to Diageo Wines. It’s unclear if wine like this will be produced in the future. We certainly hope so. We nabbed this wine at an unbelievable price of $12.99.

Like a full moon, this vino beamed forth with radiant goodness. We’re ready to launch a moon mission again very soon.

Rating: 4.5 of 5  Value: 5 of 5

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