Excellent showing.  At age 14, this is just about at peak and showing nice maturity with some youth as well.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  Opaque and mostly bright.  The nose has boysenberries, slight black cherry, black pepper and char.  Full bodied.  The firm tannins of it's youth are mostly resolved at this point but present. On the palate, this is deep with nice complexity.  Boysenberries, black cherries with juicy acidity.  Some char and just a hint of black olives.  Long finish.  This is nice on its own but probably better with food.  Cassoulet would be the obvious choice.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94
Vintage: 
2008

Visiting wine country? Buy a Priority Wine Pass today to receive Complimentary and discounted tastings. Why spend hundred on tastings when you can taste for less or for free with The Priority Wine Pass.