The 2008 Proprietary Red Wine blend (essentially a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec blended in) has a more opaque/purple color. With more graphite, blueberry and lilac notes, sweet tannin, medium to full body, and an elegant, gracious feel, it is more restrained than previous examples but has no shortage of richness and concentration. It looks to be a beauty in a Bordeaux style, with sweet tannins but loads of fruit--unmistakably California but French in structure. Drink it over the next 15+ years. Drink now-2025. (RP)
Offers a mix of tight, structured cedar, graphite, pure black cherry, currant and wild berry flavors, with touches of anise and crushed rock, ending with firm, ripe tannins and good length. (JL)
Saturated ruby. Cool, almost medicinal aromas of black cherry, blackberry and licorice. Still a bit youthfully clenched but displays lovely energy and density without undue weight. The classically dry flavors of dark berries, chocolate and savory minerality are nicely delineated. A very successful vintage for this bottling as there's little sign of overripe fruit. This should evolve slowly and positively for at least another decade. (ST) 91+
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