The 2008 vintage is a rich garnet color and has aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and cassis. There are also nuances of leather, toasted hazelnut and winter spices. On the palate, this firmly textured wine offers a full mouthfeel with flavors of coffee, chocolate-covered cherries, berry tart and currants. The tannins are very well integrated, making the approachable at an early age. There are multiple layers to this complex blend that reveal themselves through decanting or by giving the wine time to open up in the glass.
Our grapes were hand sorted and gently crushed. We used native yeast for fermentation and the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in the barrel. After primary fermentation, the wine went through an extended maceration period to soften the tannins. It was aged 22 months in French oak (50 percent new, 50 percent 1-year-old) and then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Wine EnthusiastVery rich and ripe in fruit, and also rich in new oak. The combination makes for mouth-filling blackberry and cherry pie filling, currant, licorice, dark chocolate and spicy flavors that are frankly delicious. The finish is quick, suggesting this lovely wine is best enjoyed in its youth. - S.H.
Wine SpectatorOffers a complex mix of dark berry, cedar and mineral and a dash of mocha. Full-bodied, dense an focused, with ripe, chewy tannins. Should benefit from short-term cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2018.