The 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is evocative of the rich terroir of Napa Valley, yet a wine that I find to be immediately approachable and appealing. Forward berry aromas are complemented by toasty oak and spice components. On the palate, flavors of baked berries are highlighted by a round, fleshy mouthfeel and a slightly savory note in the finish.
This wine leans toward melon and stone fruit flavors – apricot, peach and pear – picking up a floral component on the sweet mid-palate. Delicate oak notes of vanilla and brown sugar add to the rich mouthfeel, with an intriguing mineral component that keeps the wine fresh and bright. This is a rich, creamy yet well-balanced wine, with a long, juicy finish that begs for another sip.