2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining ruby. Expressive aromas of cassis, licorice, violet and smoky minerals, complemented by subtle oak spice. Creamy, broad, sweet and lush but with lively mid-palate energy giving lift to the dark berry and floral flavors. Pliant and seamless cabernet, with firm supporting tannins adding shape and grip to the persistent finish. Ramey told me that this wine was made completely from free-run juice.