(From 2008 Vintage) The 2008 CASK 23 combines the signature perfume notes of FAY vineyard with the structure and hints of minerality of S.L.V. The nose begins with enticing aromas of violets, dark berries, fresh grated nutmeg and mocha mint that lead to a luscious palate. Vibrant blackberry and black cherry fl avors mingle with hints of cola, espresso and dark chocolate. Bright and lively, this Cabernet has great fruit density and a silky texture.
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Wine & SpiritsWarren Winiarski designed Cask 23 as a blend of Fay and SLV, vineyards with two kinds of soil: Therersquo;s a wash of loam at the base of the hills, and volcanic rock up on the ridges. Winiarski thinks of this Cabernet Sauvignon as a blend of ldquo;water blocksrdquo; (loam soils giving smooth, supple character), and ldquo;fire blocksrdquo; (volcanic soils providing a more intensity, fiery side). In this rsquo;98, you can practically smell the astringency in the aroma, the blackness of plum skin, the deep chocolate texture of the tannins all seeming to create a black veil to the richness of the wine. Nothing is revealed, and yet the wine is immensely generous. To gain access to the wine, yoursquo;ll probably need to wait a decade.