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2008

Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley

Our 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet derives substantial depth and breadth of character from the diverse terroir represented by these four hallmark vineyards. Concentrated aromas of black currant, mocha and tobacco leaves reveal themselves as this deep crimson wine opens in the glass. A dense, viscous palate coats the mouth with boysenberry, red currant, clove and cassis. Velvety tannins weave together with layers of vanillin, baker’s cocoa, anise and cedar to create a lengthy, expressive finish.

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93 points Wine Advocate

“Offers up complex aromas of tobacco leaf, graphite, damp earth, blackberries and black currants, full-bodied power and more density, depth and structure than the CrossBarn. Already drinkable, it should age effortlessly for two decades. ”
Robert Parker Jr.

92 points Wine Spectator

“Firm, tight and compact, with a trim mix of dried currant, berry and red and black licorice. This unfolds gracefully, showing a mineral and sage edge, before firming on the finish. Drink now through 2019. ”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 3 - October 23

Growing Season 2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early budbreak. Frosts in April significantly lowered cluster counts. Weather stabilized and warmed through summer, with warmer temperatures continuing through harvest. A smaller crop of high quality fruit was able to ripen fully and evenly, developing an excellent balance of sugars and acid. Overall, the 2008 wines are bright and expressive with well-articulated flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous selected yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 29 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in French oak; 72% new
• Varietal Composition: 96% cabernet sauvignon, 4% cabernet franc
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2010

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