Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2008 Lancaster Estate Cabernet Sauvignon had very low yields which resulted in dense concentration, layered tannins, and remarkable structure. This blend of all five classic Bordeaux varietals, fully represents the diverse character of the Estate's hillside vineyards. Rich and focused tannins, followed with an artful balance
of dark cherries, cassis, and vanilla. The long, layered finish has hints of dark chocolate/mocha, elegantly complimented with aromas of currant, nutmeg, blackberry and earthen minerality. To maintain authenticity of expression, the 2008 Lancaster Estate Cabernet was gently fined and bottled unfiltered.
Blend: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate bursts from the glass with blackberries, cassis, grilled herbs, smoke and licorice, all of which are beautifully woven together. This ripe juicy Cabernet presents an exotic, super-ripe profile balanced by a firm sense of structure. Not a bad combination, to say the least. Freshly cut flowers, mint and licorice are layered into the energetic, vibrant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
The Wine Advocate
"A great Cabernet that will proudly stand beside the best of Napa Valley. Made in the modern style, it's soft and sweet in blackberry, cherry, currant and dark-chocolate flavors, but the finish is thoroughly dry, wrapped in a scour of tannins and acids. So good to drink now, you might forget to age it, but don't. This will provide plenty of deliciousness over the next six-plus years."
"What a gorgeous wine from this winery that is well on its way to becoming a cult producer; fragrant and lush with black raspberry and cassis and licorice; generous and ripe but still beautifully structured and completely in balanced with a long finish and lovely aging potential."
"From a 53-acre hillside estate at the southern end of Alexander Valley, this is made by Jesse Katz. This is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (92 percent), with small amounts of Malbec, Merlot, Franc and Petit Verdot adding depth and complexity. The flavors seem to emerge out of the firm tannins, yielding red berries, plums, dark earth and mint scents. This is firm and tight, built to age."
Wine & Spirits
"Bright red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and menthol are complemented by spicy oak. Smooth, lush and full, with a spicy sassafras quality adding lift to the currant and chocolate flavors. This round, seamless wine finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and good grip."
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Lancaster Estate is a vineyard and winery in the classic Bordeaux tradition. Lancaster Estate"s Alexander Valley appellation luxury wines are limited-edition, 100 percent estate-grown Cabernet family varietals from our 53 acre hillside property. The winery focuses on one wine per year, a blend which is entirely vintage and estate-reflective.
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