2007 Proprietary Red No. 1
The 2007 Propriety Red #1 is our inaugural release, a Cabernet Sauvignon blend, 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 6% Malbec. This wine was created from a special selection of hand-picked fruit from the finest vineyards in Oakville, Coombsville, Yountville, and Stags Leap District. The wine is inky dark in color to the edge of the wine glass, has a layered aromatic profile of sweet dark fruits, toasty oak, and a nice floral lavender notes. On the palate, it is packed with flavors of dark black cherries, rich ripe plums, and spicy currants, transitioning smoothly to vanilla notes and ripe chewy tannins that linger throughout the long finish. This wine has great structure and is well balanced. The acid structure is made crafted for aging. Although it will pair well with a variety of dishes, this is a Cabernet Sauvignon blend created for a grilled steak!
The 2007 Proprietary Red No. 1, a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 6% Malbec, has beautiful and exceptionally pure creme de cassis notes intermixed with spring flowers, spice, and flowers. The complex aromatics are followed by a flawlessly constructed wine with full-bodied richness. The elegance, purity, and texture build incrementally and last a long time on the palate. The cascade of creme de cassis fruit almost reminded me of the kind of fruit and texture one sees in more recent vintages of Pontet-Canet or some of the brilliant Cabernet-based wines from Lewelling in Napa Valley. This wine is drinkable now, as many 2007s are, but capable of two decades of cellaring. An impressive discovery during my sojourn in Northern California were these wines from Patel.
~ 95 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate