This weekend, the William Church Winery is partying from 12-5pm with their new releases: 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and the new 2007 Sur La Mer.

Their has been a bit of gap in production in a predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon Willam Church wine but this wine is worth the wait. This 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot  of the William Church 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon blend shows layers of fruit and wood characteristics. The tannin structure is sturdy but not overwhelming for a  2007.  At 63% neutral and 37% new French AND American oak, the wood notes are present but don’t predominate the black fruit notes of this wine. I have tasted it several times over the the last five months and I am likely how this wine is maturing. Although it is very drinkable now, I would be tempted to hold onto it at least of couple of months to allow it to mature at bit more.  The winemakers predict this wine to continue aging well for eight years. In the months that I have been sampling this wine, I have seen more subtle nuances emerge in the flavor levels and smoother transitions in the palate. Those are characteristics that fascinate me and will get me to open up my wallet at the over $30 price point. The William Church Winery Cabernet Sauvignon is priced at $32.$1 from every sale of the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon goes to The Scripps Research Institute Molly Baber Fund, in honor of Molly Baber. Molly was a dear friend of Leslie’s and the funds raised will go towards research to help families deal with the chronic disease of diabetes.

Sur La Mer

The 2007  Sur La Mer is a new wine and it is my favorite William Church release of the year. There aren’t that many 2007 red wine releases that I want to open and drink today but this is one of them. Already this wine is exhibiting the blending skill of the William Church Winemakers. This wine brings out some of the best of both red and black fruits notes in wine that evolve over the palate.  The mouth feel is soft and lush but you never forget that there is some real structure supporting that flavor evolution. It can be hard to really appreciate a wine in a party situation, amongst the noise, distractions and conversation, but this wine captured my attention and held it. I was delighted to purchase a bottle of the Sur La Mer to enjoy at home with friends. Look for a full review of this wine in the coming months. The William Church Winery 2007 Sur La Mer sells for $28 per bottle.