A couple of years ago I was having lunch and 337 Cabernet Sauvignon happened to be a by the glass pour. I wasn’t familiar with it, so I gave it a shot. I found it to be a very appealing and straightforward Cabernet. My initial impression improved when I tasted it a second time and also when I realized its value based on bottle price. So I ended up writing about it. Since that time I’ve had the wine on a couple of other occasions. It’s a couple of vintages later and this seemed like a good time to revisit and see how the current release stacks up. The 337 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon was produced from Lodi fruit. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%), Malbec (15%) and Petite Sirah (7%). Aging is accomplished in a combination of French and American oak as well as stainless steel tanks. The 337 in the name of this wine represents the clone of Cabernet, imported from Bordeaux, that forms the basis of this selection. The suggested retail price for this wine is $12.99.
Black raspberry leads the nose of this 2007 Lodi Cabernet. Cherries dominate the palate and are supported by a layer of vanilla cream. Lush, fruity, hedonistic flavors dominate the appealing, up front flavors of this wines palate. Minerals and earth emerge in the smooth, medium length finish. This wine has soft tannins and sufficient acidity.
The 337 Cabernet Sauvignon has been consistent and the 2007 vintage continues that trend. This wine is a good example of the appealing and fruit forward wines that the Lodi area is known for. This is a Cabernet that is meant for early drinking so it’ll be at its best over the next 2-3 years. For $12.99 (a couple bucks less is you shop around), this wine is a good value, particularly if you’re headed to a party loaded with people with various taste in wine.