This is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is very strong with cassis, plums, graphite, and cedar. On the palate, this is deep and tight. Not giving up a lot of details but the total package is delicious and gorgeous. Firm tannins. Lots of cassis and "purple" fruits. Great balance. An underlying cigar box earthiness. Long finish. Like a lot of the 2008's, it seems just a hair behind the "great" vintages which makes this less expensive and more available and still a great vintage. Cellar this for a decade or three, and it will certainly be better. The lable was by Chinese painter Xu Lei and features the Ram on a rock with a slightly Asian aspect to the painting.
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