The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon "1886" faithfully expresses the quality and character of our North St. Helena terroir. This is a rich, powerful, dense Cabernet Sauvignon with all the elegance and soft, silky tanin that has always defined our Estate. Notes of black plums, black cherries, violets, cinnamon and toffee, layered with ripe red fruit and chocolate cherries. Complex, exciting, and elegant. The Petit Verdot contributes a wisp of blueberry and nutmeg, the Cabernet Franc firms up the structure in the front palate, and the small addition of Merlot warms up the velvety middle.
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon 1886 is a beautifully delineated wine with expressive aromatics and plenty of nuances. Blackberries, Chambord, spices, white flowers and licorice are some of the notes that emerge from this generous, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon. This feminine, graceful Cabernet Sauvignon should continue to drink well for a decade or so. In 2008 the blend is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, aged in French oak barrels, 70% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. "
The Wine Advocate
"A rich, dense, captivating style that serves up tiers of loamy earth, dried herb and currant, with black licorice, sage, cedar and mineral. Full-bodied, well-balanced and complex, with the flavors woven together on a chewy finish. Best from 2012 through 2021. 1,343 cases made."