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2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $80.00
Wine Club Price: $64.00

Abundant aromas of cherry, raspberry and chocolate layer with floral notes and an array of spices-clove, cinnamon, black pepper and vanilla. Full-bodied, elegant and integrated on the palate, the wine delivers an ample mix of concentrated black and red fruit-berries, plums, and cranberries. Silky tannins support a mid-palate that has more layers than a mille-feuille. An elongated finish echoes the fruit and notes of chocolate and spice. Approachable now but will reward cellaring. In its youth, decant for a least an hour to fully open the many layers of this wine. Drink 2012 to 2025.

Other Details:

  • Appellation: Napa Valley-Spring Mountain District
    Assemblage: Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Petit Verdot 7%, Merlot 5%
    Aging: 22 months in 100% new French oak: Taransaud, Saury, Quintessence, Le Grand
    Bottled: August 2010
    Released: January 2012
    Production: 3,215 Cases

2008 Vintage

2008 continued the dry pattern begun in 2007, making it the second year in a 3-year drought cycle in Napa Valley. Overall yields were down by about 35%, partly due to low rainfall and hot weather in August and September, but set up by an April frost that damaged new growth at the higher elevations. Fortunately, a new Mistral triple sorting system was in place at harvest to glean only the highest quality fruit. The resulting wines are balanced and show intense, concentrated flavors and aromas.

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