(2008 Vintage) Despite the strength of the flavor profile, this wine is amazingly easy to pair with food. The obvious, natural pairing would be a simple grilled steak, perhaps with a peppercrust or gorgonzola butter. Balanced acids and tannins would allow the 2008 Red Mountain Red to be paired with foods that have a little kick, like fajitas or a black bean soup. For something fun, bring out the subtle cocoa tones by trying braised short ribs, lightly accented with bittersweet chocolate and herbs.
Wine Spectator(2008 Vintage) Supple, generous and relatively light on its feet, dancing with red berry, watermelon and rhubarb flavors, remaining ripe and focused through the long, deftly balanced finish. This has wonderful intensity and grace. Drink now through 2018.
Wine Advocate(2008 Vintage) "Balsam wood, cinnamon, cardamom, violets, incense, cassis, and black currant aromas lead to a loaded, dense, rich, structured wine with 4-5 years of aging potential. This burly, lengthy effort should see its 20th birthday in peak form."