2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sold Out) (152 cases produced)

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sold Out)

Philosophy

Of all the varieties we make, Cabernet Sauvignon is certainly the one we looked forward to the most. With its well known potential for rich, dark fruited aromatics and powerful palate presence. Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that allows a tremendous amount of stylistic influence, and is enjoyable across a wide spectrum of those styles. From the tighter, heavier structure of Pauillac, to the richness and saturation of Napa Valley. We have come to appreciate the inherent differences from places where this great variety shines. Washington Cabernet is an almost perfect blend of both the ripe and more forward styles of Cab and the fresher, more structured wines of the old world. We have the same heat units as many sites in northern Napa Valley, combined with dramatic elevation changes and the resulting temperature swings that come with it. The combination of the two, allows us to craft a wine that has all the richness of warmer climates and the freshness, balance and elegance of cooler climates. Combined with meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards, we achieve incredibly fine tannins and wonderful texture with all of the hallmark power that Cabernet Sauvignon is known for.

Tasting Notes

Plum jam, currants, espresso, vanilla bean, crème de cassis and dark spice. Swirled, the wine shows big, dark and dense, exhibiting an abundance of black fruit bound up by dark barrel tones. A nose this intense usually implies a powerhouse of structure, yet the wine displays uncanny restraint. Yes, this wine is big. But it owes its volume to density and texture rather than to structure alone. This wine envelops, exciting every part of the palate with tannins more refined than Cabernets of this size typically exhibit. A graceful, complex wine, it will be virtually irresistible during the first five years of aging. But those who procure sufficient stocks to last six to ten years will be amply rewarded when the subtleties residing within this exceptional elixir finally emerge.

 

Drinkability

Allow the bottle to warm to slightly below room temperature before opening. Pour the wine into a decanter and swirl mildly every 15 minutes over a period of 45 minutes to an hour.

Your glassware should be tall and broad, preferably Cabernet in style. The ideal glass is the Riedel Vinum XL Cabernet. 7/1/2011-12/1/2011

The wine will be tasted, and the drinkability will be updated every six months.