2007 Vintage Notes
The Poplar Grove team cracked a few 2007 vintages from our library cellar. The results are in.
Cabernet Franc 2007
Colour: slightly brick red rim, garnet red.
Nose: cigar, raspberry, cherry (similar to maraschino or brandy), sultanas, cocoa.
Palate: chocolate, prunes, stewed fruits. Medium acidity, smooth tannins, short finish.
In tertiary stages.
Colour: Brick red rim, medium ruby.
Nose: sous bois (forest floor, truffle mushrooms), tobacco, plum, blueberry/raspberry, white pepper. Like a nicely seasoned steak served with mushrooms – yum!
Palate: black pepper, cinnamon, red plum, meat, iron & cherry, coffee, truffles and an herbal note of eucalyptus.
A great expression of a cool climate Syrah. Silky on the palate. Bright acidity still. Short finish.
Governor General Award Winner
Colour: Dark rim, dark plum colour
Nose: chewing tobacco, almonds, clove, caramel, dark stewed fruits, black currant and black ripe plum, cassis, leather, coffee, slight cocoa, marzipan.
Palate: leathery, cedar box tobacco and roasted dark coffee, dark bing cherries, chocolate finish.
Firm, sharp tannins, long finish.
Drink in the next year to experience the enjoyable profile of its age.
Poplar Grove wines are produced dry, with high acidity, allowing them great aging capabilities. At 10 years of age, these wines have stood the test of time. The acidity has dropped off, but a medium acidity still presents on the palate. Each of the wines has a very pronounced nose, however the flavour intensity on the palate is weak in comparison. They have aged well and are entering their tertiary stages of development and present light to medium body on the palate. We suggest drinking these wines NOW!
2007 was the year Tony Holler bought into Poplar Grove Winery as majority owner. With his investment in the winery, new equipment was purchased including brand new French Oak barrels. All of the 2007 vintage wines, had the luxury of spending time in new French Oak.
Stefan Arnason also joined the team, and instilled new winemaking techniques as the Assistant Winemaker. At the time, Poplar Grove was a garage style winery producing 4000 cases of wine. Although quaint and integral to Poplar Grove’s origins, the pioneer facility presented some challenges with its tight space and limited resources. And so, Stefan got to work stabilizing the wines and assisted in producing a top-quality vintage. We think these wines are phenomenal and we are impressed with how they have aged!
We hope to present our wines in London England, to showcase that Canada, B.C, and specifically the Okanagan Valley wine region, can produce world class wines, capable of aging gracefully over time, with the potential to stand up against other well known wine regions in the world.