1 Bottle WineSmith 2007 Crucible
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This is one of the best wines I have ever made, and an outrageous Father's Day gift, perhaps to oneself. I will hazard that you will never find a better Cab under $200.
This is 100% Napa Valley Cab Sauv from Napa Valley College's famed Student Vineyard. Yes, that's the Faux Chablis vineyard. You can't grow normal clones of CS there at all, but we discovered that the German clones 337 and 15 make wines of enormous density and dimensions. As a result, we tore out the Chardonnay and planted these clones throughout most of the vineyard in 2003, leaving me just enough to make three more vintages of FC before that too was torn out in 2007.
Those of you who have had the 2005 Crucible have experienced just how astonishing a wine we are dealing with. Dr. Steve Krebs, Napa Valley College Dean of Viticulture, with whom I worked closely for many years and collaborated on this wine, had this to say about the 2005:
"I am totally stunned and nearly speechless in awe of this wine. It is certainly among the very best
California Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted! It is quite a tremendous accomplishment--congratulations! The closest comparison I can conjure is that it reminds me of a tasting of a flight of all of the 2005 (I think) first growth Bordeaux that I participated in a few years ago. With those wines, you felt like getting down on one knee and bowing your head in reverence and I'm getting the same sense with this one. Wow!"
I think the comparison to first Growth Pauillac, especially Chateau Latour, is quite apt, as the wine is still a bit hard.
The 2007 was in youth precisely the same, but I felt I had made a mistake in bottling the 2005 after only four years in neutral oak, so for 2007, I gave it another year in old wood, which really allowed it to turn a corner aromatically the way Champagnes and ports just transform themeselves when the tertiary complexities suddenly explode.
This is a really fun wine to serve to people casually at a party, then watch for the double-take. They'll be talking about something else, then suddenly go "Whoa! What is this?"
It's also a great way to explain to somebody what wine is really all about, and why anyone would pay hundreds of dollars for something that will be gone in an hour.
So yes, you can go ahead and drink it right now, no problem (unlike the 2005, which is still somewhat closed and grippy). And yes, I also have every confidence that this wine will also outlive me.
Here is what some other Wooters have said:
Based on the way your original write-up moved me, the overwhelming woot recommendations, and the fact you share a name with my first son (Clark, although we spell ours with an e at end) I had to try a bottle. I can't wait to receive it. It's to bad I missed the other offer for the Lodi cab. I would of bought that as well.
The button is pulsing! And after all of the ups and downs this offer has already been through, my guess is it won't be getting replenished with any additional inventory yet again. So if you're awake and on the fence, I'd say you better pull the trigger pretty fast or you might legitimately miss out on this offer.