The dense purple-colored 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals abundant notes of volcanic ash, burning embers, black currants and blueberries. The quality of the oak is very high, but subtle, and the wine possesses soft tannins, full body, lots of concentration and moderate tannin. Three to four years of cellaring will be beneficial and this big 2008 should age nicely for two decades. I am including these two Sonoma offerings in the Napa report because they come from a vineyard just on the other side of the Napa County line. Kamen is a small producer with the former Merus consultant, Mark Herold, making the wines. 93+ points. (RP)
Ripe yet stylish with a light raisin and red soil character that turns slightly to caramel. Full and velvety with a dark berry and a chewy tannic finish. Needs another two to three year to come together. Best after 2014.
Moderately saturated bright ruby. Punchy aromas and flavors of cassis, blueberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and crushed rock. Suave in texture and light on its feet, with firm acidity and a strong rocky minerality contributing to the impression of inner-mouth energy. Conveys a strong impression of site character. Showing well, but this will need time to fill out. These biodynamically farmed vines yielded barely two tons per acre of fruit in 2008, noted winemaker Mark Herold. 92(+?) points
Tight and structured, with firm mineral, cedar, dried berry, sage and anise flavors. Slow to unfold, but does so gracefully, ending with a black tea and mineral aftertaste.
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