The 2008 vintage was particularly low yielding due to early season frosts, an unusual occurrence on the Rued hillside. Combined with the warm late season, the sparse crop imparted extra concentration to go with the usual lushness and tropicality of this special vineyard. With the relatively early harvest, the Meyer Lemon and mineral components really come through, along with the defining lychee nut and guava characteristics of the vineyard. In the nose the wine leads with lemon and tangerine, accented by tropical overtones and buttercream/ginger barrel notes. In the mouth, the first impression is of fresh citrus and pear, but with time it is the lush guava and toffee that linger. The bright acidity and cleansing mineral elements carry the long citrus finish. This is a wonderful wine to pair with rich shellfish like lobster or crab, but is also wonderful with fowl dishes or just as an aperitif on the deck with hard cheeses and avocado.
"This vineyard has proved itself for so many years that it's practically a guarantee of greatness. This 2008 is a real stunner. It's so rich and exotic, so balanced and dry, so clean. Dazzles with pear, pineapple, lychee, roasted hazelnut, creme brulee, buttered toast, honey and spice flavors, wrapped into a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Brilliant and compelling. Drink now."