2008 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
SRP 94+ IWC 92 - Robert Parker 94+ Points The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville exhibits a similar opaque purple color and appears to be slightly richer than the 2007, as preposterous as that may sound. This thick, unctuously textured Cabernet is loaded with creme de cassis, charcoal, earth and spice characteristics and displays an explosively long finish. Both vintages are great, but the 2008 might nudge out the 2007. However, this will not be definitively decided for 10-15 years. This is another 20-year wine. International Wine Cellar 92 Points Good full ruby. Complex aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, subtle spices and menthol. Lush on entry, then utterly seamless in the middle, with harmonious acidity giving shape and energy to the intense cassis and black cherry flavors. A peppery nuance provides lift but this fruit bomb will need four or five years in the bottle to develop more complexity.
Critics ChallengeRating: Critics Challenge 2004 Platinum - As reviewed by Critics Challenge on 05/01/04. Attractive, herbal, supple, ready now