Tightly wound, firm, dense and concentrated, with a core of dark berry, plum, roasted herb, game meat, graphite, road tar and lead pencil, ending with chewy tannins. Should reward cellaring. Best from 2012 through 2022. (JL)
Bright, dark red. Perfumed aromas of cassis, blackberry, violet and eucalyptus, with a light porty suggestion. Silky, savory and large-scaled if not especially sweet, with the black fruit flavors coming across as smooth and a bit soft. Finishes with supple, easygoing tannins but the slowly mounting aftertaste displays surprising length. A late note of menthol contributes to the wine's savory character. (ST)
One of the better values in high end Napa Cabernet, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Elegant Bordeaux-like aromas of berries, loamy soil, graphite, mocha, black currants and cedar are followed by a medium-bodied, stylish wine with excellent texture, underlying floral notes and a long finish. Nearly as French-like as Napa’s Dominus wines, it should age effortlessly for 10-15 years. (RP)
Not that dark crimson. Very interesting, minerally nose. Lovely texture and sweet start is counterbalanced by beautifully judged refreshment on the end. Complete and sybaritic. 17.5/20 points.
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