Dense and concentrated, with layers of rich loamy earth, dried berry, blueberry, cedar, gravel and graphite. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins, but they're ripe and well-integrated. Uses less Cabernet Franc and shows more density than the La Magdelena bottling. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. (JL)
The 2008 Cerro Sur is a very pretty wine laced with dark red fruit, mocha, espresso and spices. All of the elements are beautifully balanced through to the rich, generous finish. (AG)
Good dark red-ruby. Enticing aromas of dark berries, licorice, cinnamon spice and tobacco. Fatter and richer but also more muscular than the La Magdalena, with sweeter, plumper fruit showing today. Sound acidity gives brightness to the mid-palate, though. This lush, long wine builds impressively in the mouth and appears to need more time in bottle. 'The Texas market loves this,' says Erickson.
Healthy dark red. Tighter and higher-pitched on the nose than the Cabernet Sauvignon, with more Cab Franc-dominated aromas of cherry, flowers and herbs; an element of aromatic spices emerges with aeration. Offers excellent density as well as an impression of fresh acidity (the pH here is around 3.7 without acidification--typically the lowest of his three wines, according to Andy Erickson). The berry and cherry fruit flavors are complicated by menthol, graphite and sweet spices. Finishes chewy, strong and long, with serious tannins but no edges. I'd still give this juicy wine another couple years of cellaring. (ST) 93+
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