Browsing all posts tagged with Tag: 2008.

Malibu Family Wines 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

May 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Malibu Family Wines 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Cherry and vanilla are fairly easy to recognize.  Once on the palate, you can expect a good range of  spices to play with your tongue.  They won’t leave and will stick around through the solid finish.  Not a bad cab but the price point has me a bit stumped. […]

Lucas & Lewellen 2008 Petit Verdot

May 1st, 2014 | No Comments

Lucas & Lewellen 2008 Petit Verdot  Berries and herbs with a hint of tobacco and asparagus shoots.  I love to see 100% PV’s on the list.  Not common and has some distinctive aromas and characteristics that are worth celebrating.  Big herbs and minerality on the palate with a dab of pepper. The tannins spread out […]

Ripken 2008 Tannat

March 11th, 2014 | No Comments

Ripken 2008 Tannat Here’s a first for me.  The Tannat varietal is common in southwest France. Known to show inky like a good Petite Sirah and is often swinging a big tannin bat.  I was told that Tannat is usually a take it or leave it varietal and at the very least an acquired taste. […]

Ripken 2008 El Matador Tempranillo

February 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Ripken 2008 El Matador Tempranillo Raspberries and strawberries will entertain your nose.  Some traditional spices will jump into the action soon enough.  On your palate, the spices will continue and spread out.  Look for an oaky mid-palate and a few tannin “ruffians” to show up and push your tongue around.  This darlin is big and […]

McConnell Estates 2008 Merlot

January 26th, 2014 | No Comments

McConnell Estates 2008 Merlot Soft cherry notes in the nose.  It is not a forward wine., almost apologetic.An acidic ride from the first second it hits your tongue.  Acid subsides as soon as it arrives. Neat trick.  It begins to sit up because of the solid tannin structure on the mid-palate. Gets very smooth, silky, […]

Jessie’s Grove 2010 Estate Petite Sirah

January 8th, 2014 | No Comments

Jessie’s Grove 2010 Estate Petite Sirah Dark inky color that you can’t see through.  This is a blend of their 2008 and 2010 of all things.  My nose thought, or hoped, this was going to be a jammy dream. Tart blackberries and/or raspberries drive the flavor.   Not totally balanced but not a rocky ride.  Look […]

Berghold 2008 Syrah

December 31st, 2013 | No Comments

Berghold 2008 Syrah I found leather, plum and light tobacco in this dark ruby.  I don’t usually go for this variety of Syrah but this one is made pretty well and kept me guessing.  I have a soft spot for 2008 wine.  It was a tough year for California wine.  This guy is well balanced […]

Jessie’s Grove 2008 Caringnane

December 14th, 2013 | No Comments

Jessie’s Grove 2008 Caringnane I’m so blueberry, blueberry, blue…!  Carignane is definitely an acquired taste.  These vines are old which you definitely taste in the wine.  It is mellow.  Hints of sweet hickory left on the palate with soft spices.  Not a bad finish.  That wasn’t bad, especially since I really dislike that hickory flavor […]

Seven Terraces 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir

September 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

Seven Terraces 2008 Marlborough Pinot Noir Earthy black cherry runs rampant through the nose. After you get comfortable with this cherry bomb, hints of blackberry and pepper emerge. This little rascal is sneaky and slips right past the front of your palate only To tickle you with green, sour like the first bite of a […]

Rombauer 2008 Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

September 2nd, 2013 | No Comments

Rombauer 2008 Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Dark berries and vanilla.  Oooooh yum!  Take a deep whiff and you’ll be rewarded with hints of warm cinnamon. The bold tannin structure will wrap your tongue and hold the finish until a sneaky collection of spices will surprise you just when you thought that was all she wrote. […]