Opened to celebrate my 63rd birthday.  Pop and pour and consumed over several hours.  This is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest  made up of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great.  Cassis, slight black cherries, cedar, slight camphor, spice and a hint of leather.  Full bodied.  Medium to firm tannins.  On the palate, this is still not at maturity but has started to move in that direction.  No doubt it will improve but certainly enjoyable now.  Cassis, plums, slight sour black cherries with underlying spice and a bit of dried leather.  Great energy and balance.  Really long finish.  This is delicious and the kind of wine that demands one's attention.  It should continue to mature for another five to ten years and drink well for twenty to thirty more after that.  Great on its own, this demands big food.  Prime Rib would work well.  

Grade: 
A+
Score: 
98
Vintage: 
2008
Current Price: 
$450.00USD

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