SOMM Journal Review – Expedition Cabernet Sauvignon
As seen in Somm Journal, December 2021
By Meridith May
Famed Winemaker Andy Erickson climbs to new heights with Expedition.
Andy Erickson has some remarkable brands on his winemaking resume, among
them Screaming Eagle, Stagin, and Dalla Valle, and he unquestionably understands the
nature of Napa Cabernet. For his latest venture, he’s serving as winemaker for Seven
Apart, whose Expedition expression is a small-production (60-barrel) odyssey, made
with grapes blended from the winery’s Base Camp and Stags Ridge vineyards, it’s aged
for 18 months in French oak. Stags Ridge sits on a volcanic plateau, yielding what the
winery refers to as “extreme mountain-grown” Napa Cabemet at an elevation few
Mike Wolf, an acclaimed vineyard manager, has joined the team at Seven Apart and wil
manage all 18 of its estate sites: his first project will be to replant the recently acquired
5-acre Base Camp Vineyard and 3 adjoining acres. Wolf, who has a B.A. in history, has
managed vineyards at Beckstoffer and Scarecrow, among others, and is respected by
Napa Valley’s top winemakers.
Seven Apart’s allocated wines are showcased at its new tasting room, which opened in
October: It’s limiting the number of guests to only ten per day due to the small scale of
Seven Apart 2019 Expedition
Big, bold, tarry notes take on a mellower toasted marshmallow and dark chocolate for a breathtaking adventure of flavor and texture. Black fruit melts across the mouth. Well-built from the inside-out, a core of minerality is surrounded by fig preserves, dried violets, and a blackberry intensity. Tannins are pronounced, with a savory slide of satin meatiness. This wine is certainly on another level.