The 2008 Benchland Select bursts from the glass with vibrant dark fruit aromas (blackberry, boysenberry and dark plum) complemented by seductive spicebox, cocoa, loamy earth and leather scents. Rich, juicy and mouthfilling on the palate with deeply concentrated blackberry and plum flavors, its luxuriously supple mouthfeel and long, elegant finish are abetted by savory toasted oak and dark chocolate tones. Dense, lush and seamless, this opulent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon drinks beautifully now, but will reveal even greater dimension with another 6-8 years' aging.
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Select is made from fruit sourced in Rutherford (57%) and Oakville (43%). Ripe dark fruit, flowers and spices are some of the tones that flow from this supple, inviting Cabernet. Hints of mocha, spices and espresso develop in the glass, adding further complexity, but this is essentially a fruit-driven Cabernet for early-term enjoyment, and that should not be a problem. This is elegant and finessed from start to finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. "
The Wine Advocate