2008 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Estate, Napa Valley 750ml

2008 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Estate, Napa Valley 750ml

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275 Cases Produced

99 Points
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Steve Heimoff - June 1, 2011
"An absolute joy and triumph. Just superb, showcasing the best of Oakville. Perfect tannins, as pure as velvet and sweet, and perfect oak, too, with beautifully applied char and wood spice. That the oak is 100% new is in keeping with the wine's volumetrics. The wine's flavors are a profound, heady expression of blackberries, blueberries, cassis and dark, barely sweetened chocolate. Just spectacular, a real achievement by any world class standard."
 

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99 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Steve Heimoff, June 2011 Issue

"An absolute joy and triumph. Just superb, showcasing the best of Oakville. Perfect tannins, as pure as velvet and sweet, and perfect oak, too, with beautifully applied char and wood spice. That the oak is 100% new is in keeping with the wine’s volumetrics. The wine’s flavors are a profound, heady expression of blackberries, blueberries, cassis and dark, barely sweetened chocolate. Just spectacular, a real achievement by any world class standard. Production was a scant 275 cases." —S.H.
 

Wine Specs

Vintage 2008
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation Oakville Estate
Harvest Date November 1, 2008
Sugar Dry
Acid 0.70g/100mL
pH 3.55
Aging 22 Months New French Oak
Fermentation 27 Days
Bottling Date January 11, 2011
Alcohol % 14.9
Wine Enthusiast 99
Robert Parker 92

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes I sure was excited with the 2007 Venge Reserve and I think 2008 is singing a very similar tune. This wine ex-hibits a dark ruby color with huge, dense fruit fuming from the glass. Aroma Layers of ripe blueberry, crème de cassis, earth, oak vanillin, and dark chocolate dust give way to a palate full of plum, black currants and youthful tannin. Entering very ripe, this wine possesses an authorative finish that lasts minutes on the palate. Just like its brother, the 2007, this Cabernet is certainly cellar worthy for the next 15 to 20+ years. Kirk P. Venge, Winemaker
Vineyard Notes Harvest took place very late on November 1st. The cane-pruned vines are carefully hand harvested by our own family from our Estate Grown vineyard in Oakville. The ’08 vintage was a bit of a challenge with Spring frosts. Thin skinned and tight cluster varietals were susceptible to damage by this weather but our Cabernet showed little to no adverse affect other than a natural thinning of the yields. Yields in 2008 below average. Now in their 20th year, we continue to “dry farm” these vines by not allowing them any applied summer irri-gation. Their roots must find water on their own and struggle in the final months of summer and early fall leading to a complexity and depth of flavor often unequaled in irrigated vineyards.
Production Notes The fruit was destemmed into small stainless steel fermentors and time on skins lasted 27 days. The fruit was then lightly pressed, keeping “free run” and “press” fractions separate and aged in 100% new French Oak bar-rels. While we do add yeast to finish primary fermentation, we allow the indigenous malolactic bacteria of our cave to complete the secondary fermentation.
Production 275 Cases Produced
 

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