2008 in Napa Valley was nuts. From a worst-in-decades frost early on, coupled with abnormally low rainfall, then tremendous heat spikes during flowering and harvest, it was a very challenging year. The crop size was moderate. Harvests dates were all over the board; an impossible to predict vintage. But for the discerning blender, 2008 presented an abundance of choices and flavors and, once again with skillful blending, outstanding wine was possible.
The Wine: Initial impact is of a huge core of dark fruit aroma. On the palate, the wine is best described as unbelievably silky smooth, with a velvety texture. Flavors of cassis/plum/and berry bound from the glass. The finish is unusually complex, with lovely moderate tannins, and slight pomegranate tones. Fully powerful, this wine's beguiling aromas, soft textures and a complex lingering finish are exquisite.