The wine has a very deep, youthful color, and intense, almost purple hue. There is a very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. Still young and still intense, it promises further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
"The 2008 Rubicon is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc that is raised in French oak for 20 months (65% new). It has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, black truffle and tar. The palate is well balanced with supple tannins. There is a core of earthy red berry fruit infused with allspice, cumin and a touch of sage. The finish is very well defined and long. This is a far better Rubicon than the 2007, one worthy of its iconic status."
The Wine Advocate