Sumptuous nose of dried black cherries overlays a sweet background of cassis. A caressing texture initially coats the mouth with pure flavors of black cherry that give way to dark berry, subtle cedar, smoke and graphite on a long evolving finish framed by just the right amount of acidity. This wine is all about balance with supple ripe tannins providing a beautiful foundation for the ample dark fruit and with nuanced acidity giving structure and lift without bite. An absolute pleasure to roll around the mouth.

Appellation: 53% Napa
47% Sonoma
Vintage: 2008
Harvest: October 2008
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon
12% Merlot / 6% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: July 2010
Production: 5270 cases
Release Date: November 2010
Price: $66.00
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Reviews

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2011
    Rating: 91

    Good full, bright ruby. Precise aromas of blackberry, minerals, menthol, cedar and slate. Supple and suave, with a slightly high-toned quality to the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. A real crushed-berry bomb, with good acid cut and supple broad tannins. Steve Pride noted that this wine was more aggressive in the mid-'90s; the winery introduced a gentler destemmer with vintage 2008 and is now pressing the fruit more gently. There's now less in the way of oak tannins in the finished wines, he added.

  • Wine Spectator: June 30, 2011
    Rating: 91

    This tight, well-structured red is firm, with dried currant, blackberry, black licorice, anise, cedar and gravel flavors leading to a full body. Ends with a cleansing, refreshing aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2019. 5,270 cases made.

  • Wine Enthusiast: August, 2011
    Rating: 93

    Hugely delicious, just a joy to drink. So soft and velvety, so rich in blackberry jam, cassis and chocolate flavors, with the tannins so smooth and round. Really wonderful over the next few years, although the softness and high alcohol suggest it's not an ager.

  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: December 23, 2011 Issue 198
    Rating: 91

    The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful wine graced with expressive red fruit, flowers, licorice and tobacco. This mid-weight, understated wine impresses for its focus, length and fine overall balance. Floral notes round out the fleshy, generous finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.