The 2008 Rutherford is sure to be a classic with intense black fruit, plenty of "Dust" and a seductive, plush texture that promises a long and luxurious future. This is a wine to pair with roasted leg of lamb or, if you can resist, one that will develop gracefully in the cellar for many years to come.
"A lovely Cabernet, dry and dustily tannic, with a complex array of flavors. The black cherries and cola are accompanied by firm mineral and earthy notes that make this strikingly different from your typical fruit-forward Cabernet, but then, the alcohol is a modest 13.7% by volume. All indications are of ageability. Could age at least eight years in the cellar. Cellar Selection."
"Supple and stylish, this is a rich blend of cabernets sauvignon and franc from the Rutherford Bench. The tannins are round and chocolately, providing a cocoa-like dusting over the fruit, and a sweet Christmas spice scent to frame it. This needs time to evolve past its concentrated flavors toward greater detail."
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