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Review: 2007 Arkenstone Vineyards Wines

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2007 Arkenstone Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Howell Mountain – Huge body, rich gold color, tastes slightly woody. I would not have guessed this was Sauvignon Blanc, it’s so buttery and creamy. No zip and low in acid. Very strange for Sauv Blanc, but certainly unique. B+ / $45

2007 Arkenstone Vineyards Syrah Napa Valley Howell Mountain – A big wine, but not as massive as Obsidian. Peppery, with black cherry notes. Drinking well, but an overly jammy, almost prune-like, finish mars the effect. A- / $70

2007 Arkenstone Vineyards Obsidian Napa Valley Howell Mountain – A big Cabernet blend, unbearably rich. Needs time to open up, but reveals huge plum fruit, berries, and modest tannin structure. Less wood than many ’07 Cabs are showing. Enjoy it with a big meal. (Thanksgiving, anyone?) A- / $120

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