2021 Seven Apart Shale

Cabernet Sauvignon

98 points - Jeb Dunnuck

9 barrels produced

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$885 per 3-bottle set | shipping included
Tasting Notes

Visually, this wine is a deep, intense burgundy. On the nose, the wine greets you with bright aromas of ripe blackberries, black cherries, dried herbs, a hint of baking spices, chocolate, and a soft minerality. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced with a pleasant approach that slowly builds to a generous and focused mid-palate laden with dry soft tannins that lead to a lasting, luscious finish brimming with flavors of dried black plum, black cherry, hibiscus, and red currant.


100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 57% new French oak, unfined and unfiltered. The fruit is hand harvested at night to ensure it arrives cold in order to minimize oxidation. The grapes are slowly fermented at cooler temperatures to help preserve aromas. Once the initial fermentation is complete, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place to soften and stabilize the wine. The wine is then racked off its lees and aged for 24 months in barrels before it is bottled.


Approachable upon release for lovers of young wine. Cellaring 5-8 years will reward with a slightly developed bottle bouquet. This wine is built for longevity, easily aging 25+ years. Decanting this wine 1-2 hours is recommended. 

“The 2021 Seven Apart Shale Cabernet Sauvignon, which is all Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate on Atlas Peak, has a powerful, full-bodied, concentrated style as well as beautiful notes of blackcurrants, new leather, and graphite. The texture here is gorgeous.” — Jeb Dunnuck

Produced from the exceptional Stags Ridge Vineyard, located on Atlas Peak at 1,450 feet elevation. 2021 was a great vintage for Napa Valley. Limited winter and spring rains resulted in lower than normal yields due to smaller berries. These drought conditions, followed by a perfect summer season, allowed the winemakers to obtain optimal balanced ripeness. As a result, the wines are well-structured, full-bodied, and intensely flavored.


How many bottles can I purchase?

As a member of our Allocation List, you may purchase 3 bottles of the 2021 Seven Apart Shale Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to the limited production and high demand for the wine, we have to cap the number of bottles available per member.

How much does shipping cost and when will it ship?

We offer complimentary ground service in California, and complimentary 2-day service in the rest of the US.

However, we may delay shipment if there is extreme heat or cold weather in your state. Even with expedited service, we take every precaution to ensure your wine arrives safely.