The 2006 vintage of this wine was ranked #6 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2009
Spring 2008 was extremely dry, which prompted the
vines to push out early. Though daytime temperatures were picture-perfect, cold evening temperatures and some frost made for challenging conditions. Moderate, consistent temperatures continued throughout the summer, setting up excellent conditions for ripening rich, balanced fruit at harvest.
Ripe and spicy aromas offer vibrant layers of
blackberry, cherry and pomegranate intermingled with notes of clove, cinnamon and anise. A savory
impression of warm crust, accentuated by baked cherry and espresso elements, adds further depth to an already tantalizing nose. The wine is rich and
mouthcoating from the first sip, displaying enticing
fruit. Big rounded tannins add flavor and structure, as well as a firm but gentle grip that underscores beautiful concentration and viscosity.
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine laced with sweet dark plums, black cherries, menthol, tobacco and flowers. This gracious Cabernet Sauvignon-based red possesses lovely balance in an understated style. It should drink well for the next 5-7 years, perhaps longer. In the 2008 the blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 9% Merlot and 5% Petite Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. "
The Wine Advocate
"A wonderful Cabernet, dry and classically structured, notable for elegance and smooth power. A sort of junior version of the Pritchard Hill Estate bottling, it's rich and complex in blackberry and cherry, chocolate and cedar flavors, wrapped into smooth tannins. Now-2014."
"Offers a complex mix of cedar, dried currant, pencil shavings and mineral in a full-bodied style. Firm and tannic, ending with drying tannins. Drink now through 2022."