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2008 Pahlmeyer "Jayson" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

From Wine Spectator: "This delicate, subtle style combines ripe black cherry, wild berry and plum flavors with touches of anise and black licorice. Full-bodied, with a graceful finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2018. 3,000 cases made." (Sept. 30, 2011) 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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2008 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, Mondavi's least expensive Cabernet Sauvignon, is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and other grapes. It has a healthy deep ruby/purple color, with a pleasant nose of black fruits intermixed with hints of charcoal and spice, delicious, sweet fruit, medium body, and nice suppleness and flesh. Given that discounters will probably price this wine in the low twenties, this could be an outstanding bargain. It is no doubt a tribute to the talents of their director of winemaking, Genevieve Janssens. ...Read More » 


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2008 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml)

97 points Vinous: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia is a towering, statuesque wine bursting with blackberry jam, tar, spices, leather and licorice. It shows fabulous depth and richness backed up by serious, imposing tannins that suggest it has a long life. Ideally, the 2008 should be purchased by those who can be patient; it is not a wine for those seeking immediate gratification. The blend is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. (AG)" (12/2011) 95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Once again, Insignia takes it accustomed place near the very head of the class, and, as usual, it is one of t ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco


2008 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

95 points Vinous: "Mocha, espresso, rosemary, lavender, plums and licorice emerge from the 2008 Opus One. Tasted from magnum, the 2008 is beautifully expressive. The firm tannins need more time to soften, but there is a lot to like in the 2008. Today the 2008 is showing beautifully. In magnum, the 2008 can be enjoyed today or cellared up to another 20 years or so. If opened young, the 2008 needs a few hours of air to soften. The bright, floral, spiced finish suggests a long life ahead. (AG)" (11/2013) 94 points James Suckling: "Fabulous roses, currants and dark berries on the nose that go to currants ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

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VN 95 JS 94


2008 Vérité "Le Désir" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The fruit for this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 31% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec came from Chalk Hill (58%) and Alexander Valley (42%). Pierre Seillan believes the Chalk Hill fruit provides a truffle-like character and the Alexander Valley gives minerality, structure, tannin and intensity. The 2008 will be fascinating to taste next to the 2007 over the next 30+ years. Sweet mulberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of black truffles, damp earth and forest floor emerge from this beauty of stunning intensity, pur ...Read More » 


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2008 Vérité "La Muse" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec (52% Chalk Hill, 45% Alexander Mountain Estate and 3% Bennett Valley fruit), the 2008 may have even greater intensity and richness than the 2007. Still young and unformed, it exhibits phenomenal richness and equilibrium as well as a finish that lasts nearly a minute. Its dense plum/purple color is accompanied by notions of black fruits, forest floor, truffles and spring flowers. It should age for 25-30+ years. (RP)" (6/2011) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Inviting nose offers cherry, raspberry and chocolate truffle ...Read More » 


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2008 Cain "Concept-The Benchlands" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

Jancis Robinson: "Quite a departure from the fruit-centric Napa norm. Roasted coffee, a tiny bit of herbal character. Savoury and structural. Good restraint within an extrovert idiom. (RH)" (2/2013) Wine Spectator: "Shows a meaty, peppery side of Cabernet, rich and extracted, offering dried dark berry and fresh-turned earth. A solid effort with chewy, leathery tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020. (JL)" (11/2012) K&L Notes: Cain "Concept" is vinified exactly like their signature bottling, Cain "Five". It is sourced from the eastern and western "b... Read More » 


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2008 Ghost Block Estate Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate reveals greater delineation, power and structure than the regular bottling. Tobacco, sweet herbs, cassis and plums are some of the notes that flow from this beautifully delineated, striking Cabernet Sauvignon. I especially like the length and pure finesse of the finish. This is a strong showing from Ghost Block. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. (AG)" (12/2011) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "The Pelissa family named this brand after the property they purchased in 1938, part of George Yount's original land grant. This wine includes fruit from that Yountv ...Read More » 


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RP 92 W&S 91

2008 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Sonoma-Napa Counties Cabernet Sauvignon

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Three stars* There are times, and this is clearly one of them, when measuring a wine by its label-stated alcohol level is an exercise in self denial. Better that one should measure this one by its gorgeous, focused, deep and balanced character because this is a refined, complex effort with layers and layers of on-point attractions. Its handsome aromas combine notes of ripe cherries with those of raspberries, new leather, hints of cedar and a nice suggestion of rich hardwoods. Admittedly full in body, yet silky in texture and very well-balanced, it hides ...Read More » 


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2008 Roy Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Close in quality but perhaps not quite as exuberant and profound is the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot). It boasts an opaque purple color as well as abundant notes of charcoal, scorched earth, underbrush, licorice, black currants and blackberries. Slightly more evolved than the 2007, it is nearly that wine’s equal in terms of depth, richness and overall appeal. This strong effort should drink well for two decades or more. (RP)" (12/2010) 90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Dark aromas of black cherry, mocha and licorice; much fruitier toda ...Read More » 


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RP 93 ST 90 - 92

2008 Amuse Bouche "Vin Perdu" Napa Valley Red Blend

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Vin Perdu bursts from the glass with dark red cherries, plums, violets, licorice and spices. All the elements come together beautifully in this dark, sumptuous wine. In 2008, the Vin Perdu is 44% Petit Verdot, 39% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. The Petit Verdot tannins provide the backbone, giving the wine tons of energy, vibrancy and pure length. This is a gorgeous wine. (AG)" (12/2012) Wine Spectator: "Complex and concentrated, with black currant and olive aromas and supple blackberry, earthy clay and cedar flavors that linger toward lively ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City

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RP 93


2008 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(includes 1.5% cabernet franc) Good deep ruby. Lovely lift and purity to the aromas of cassis, violet and bitter chocolate. Juicy, vibrant and intense; less dense than the 2007 but more perfumed in the mid-palate. Very fine-grained wine, finishing long and aromatic, with firm tannic bite and a late note of bitter chocolate. "Two thousand eight was an impossible year to make 15% wines with a 4.0 pH in Napa Valley," said Bo Barrett, adding that "it's more fun to be working in the classical world. In 2008, there's less jam to block the terroir and mineralit ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $199.99 Add To Cart
ST 91 - 94 RP 92


2008 Coho "Headwaters" Napa Valley Red Blend

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The intriguing 2008 Headwaters Proprietary Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by attractive notes of red currants, licorice and spice. Medium to full-bodied with supple tannins as well as lots of personality and character, this serious red can be consumed over the next 7-8 years." (12/2010) Wine Spectator: "Marked by complex dried dark berry fruit, this shows cedar, sandalwood, mineral and dried herb character. Full-bodied and elegant, making it easy to enjoy now. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 89

2008 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast: "With its dry earthiness, this is classic Jordan. It shows blackberry and black cherry flavors, with an herb note. The tannins are gentle. It will age for years, softening and gaining earthy complexities." (12/2012) Wine Spectator: "Notably elegant and refined, this is polished at points, firm on the finish. The core black cherry and blackberry flavors are fresh and lively. (JL)" (11/2012) K&L Notes: The smooth, silky structure of this wine showcases the delicacy of the 2008 vintage. Cherry and plum aromas open to a soft, velvety mouthfeel and a spectrum of red and black fruit flavors w... Read More » 


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2008 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Shows the elegance and pedigree that this estate vineyard, in the heart of the Oakville bench, always shows. The tannins are sweet and ripe, and the wine brims with luscious blackberry, cassis and mocha flavors, accented with new oak that’s flashy, yet perfectly in keeping with the wine’s volume. Should slowly mature over the years." (6/2011) 92 points James Suckling: "A full-bodied red with lots of character, from spices such as cinnamon to grilled nuts. Plus plenty of fruit. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long rich finish." (6/2011) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "It takes a day of air for this wine to fi ...Read More » 


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2008 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2008 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (97VN, 95CG, 95JS, 94WS, 93RP, 93ST, 93WE). Vinous: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia is a towering, statuesque wine bursting with blackberry jam, tar, spices, leather and licorice. It shows fabulous depth and richness backed up by serious, imposing tannins that suggest it has a long life. Ideally, the 2008 should be purchased by those who can be patient; it is not a wine for those seeking immediate gratification. The blend is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. (AG)" (12/2011) 

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2008 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

97 points Vinous: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Insignia is a towering, statuesque wine bursting with blackberry jam, tar, spices, leather and licorice. It shows fabulous depth and richness backed up by serious, imposing tannins that suggest it has a long life. Ideally, the 2008 should be purchased by those who can be patient; it is not a wine for those seeking immediate gratification. The blend is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. (AG)" (12/2011) 95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Once again, Insignia takes it accustomed place near the very head of the class, and, as usual, it is one of t ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco


2008 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec) is an impressive version. Their 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon is still alive at age 35. The 2008s dense ruby/purple color is followed by an attractive bouquet of creme de cassis and charcoal. Revealing full-bodied richness and lots of depth, it is one of the finest regular Cabernet Sauvignons Phelps has made in many years. The tannins have sweetened over the last year and this impressively endowed effort, while approachable now, should age for 20+ y ...Read More » 


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RP 90

2008 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

89 points Wine Spectator: "Floral, leather, fresh earth and dried currant scents are firm and chewy in this full-bodied and structured red, with gripping tannins that end with a gravelly, pebbly aftertaste. Drink now through 2019." (11/2011)  


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WS 89

2008 Anderson's Conn Valley "Eloge" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Eloge is a deep, plush wine. Dark plums, black cherries, new leather and licorice are some of the notes that jump from the glass in this forward, succulent wine. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the plush, round finish. In 2008 the blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023." (12/2011) K&L Notes: In his 2010 review Robert Parker scored the Eloge 96-98 points, noting: "Composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot, it exhibits a dense ... Read More » 


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RP 91

2008 Parallel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot, this new wine from Philippe Melka is soft and inviting, with blueberry pie and caramel aromas. Velvety on the palate, with herbs and spices to complement the sexy red and black fruit. 


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2008 Ghost Block Estate Single Vineyard Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard come across as quite dark and fleshy in its blackberries, plums, licorice tobacco and spices. It shows excellent depth through to the generous, textured finish. The 2008 is already a bit forward in its aromas and flavors, suggesting it needs to be enjoyed sooner rather than later. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020." (12/2011) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "From a 16-acre cabernet vineyard on a knoll in northern Yountville, this wine is black in its mature fruit character but not pushed toward hyper-extraction. Instead, it comes across as tense, ...Read More » 


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2008 Araujo "Altagracia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 400 cases of the 2008 Altagracia, which includes a lot of Petit Verdot (20%) in the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend. The year’s spring frosts resulted in a smaller crop than usual resulting in a denser, richer but at the same time more texturally interesting and seductive style of wine. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by lots of blue, red and black fruits as well as good minerality, purity and depth. It should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)" (12/2010) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright red-ruby. Enticing, nuanced aromas of black cherry, licorice, graphit ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City

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RP 91 ST 91

2008 Maybach Family "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Materium comes from a single block called the Weitz Vineyard at a 1,000-foot elevation on the eastern hillsides of Oakville. It would be hard to improve upon the virtually perfect 2007, but the 2008 is not far behind. Notes of graphite, blueberry, charcoal, spring flowers, and some background oak are followed by a dense, purple-colored wine with full-bodied power, great elegance, precision, and purity. This is again an extraordinary effort from Maybach. It should drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)" (12/2010) 95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A powerful, concentrated Cabernet Sauvig ...Read More » 


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2008 Keever Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon

91+ points from Robert Parker: "There are 500 cases of the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (again 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate vineyards in Yountville). Slightly denser, more structured, tannic and backward than the 2007, it is a full-bodied effort with notes of black currants, heady glycerin levels, and more toasty oak in the background (even though the percentage of new French oak used is essentially the same in each cuvee). The 2008 requires patience as 2-3 years of cellaring will be beneficial. It should drink well over the following 15 or more ye... Read More » 


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RP 91

2008 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "How much fun collectors will have comparing the 2007 and 2008 La Joies over the next three decades. A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (48% from Alexander Valley Mountain Estate, 34% from Chalk Hill and 18% from Knight’s Valley), the 2008 has similar technical numbers to the 2007 (a pH of 3.68 and 14.4% alcohol). Wonderful notes of roasted herbs, asphalt, black truffles, blackberries, cassis, camphor and subtle oak are present in the majestic aromatics. In the mouth, the wine is extraordinar ...Read More » 


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2008 Gemstone Yountville Proprietary Red

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship wine, the 2008 Gemstone (100% Cabernet Sauvignon even though it is a proprietary red) is a flamboyant, opulent, medium to full-bodied effort revealing stunning concentration, purity and balance. Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak, it reveals elegance, perfume and richness along with a layered mouthfeel. Already drinking well, it should evolve for 15 or more years." (12/2010) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Offering an impressive mix of ripe, intense plum, currant and blackberry fruit, shaded by mineral and cedar notes, this is full-bodied, well-focused and persistent, lon ...Read More » 


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2008 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship offering is the Lotus Vineyard cuvee. The 2007 was pure perfection and the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard is another impressive effort (about 200 cases produced). Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Clones 337, 4 and 15, this is a relatively high elevation (1,200 feet) site and because of that, the wine shows lots of minerality and freshness. Expansive black currant and blackberry notes intermixed with graphite and flower aromas are followed by a full-bodied wine with lots of structure, density and purity. This 2008 requires 4-5 y ...Read More » 


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2008 Erna Schein "Cemetery" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Cemetery, from a well-known parcel of vines planted near a graveyard (with a portrait on the label that resembles me after two weeks of 12-14 hour days spent tasting), exhibits a deep ruby/purple color along with classic aromas of creme de cassis intermixed with floral undertones. With sweet fruit as well as impressive balance, this is a wine of considerable flavor authority, integrity and richness. Given its forward, precocious style, it should drink well for 10-15 years. Les and Lisa Behrens are two of my favorite people i ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $119.99 Add To Cart
RP 93


2008 Dana Estates "Lotus Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (Previously $700)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship offering is the Lotus Vineyard cuvee. The 2007 was pure perfection and the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard is another impressive effort (about 200 cases produced). Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Clones 337, 4 and 15, this is a relatively high elevation (1,200 feet) site and because of that, the wine shows lots of minerality and freshness. Expansive black currant and blackberry notes intermixed with graphite and flower aromas are followed by a full-bodied wine with lots of structure, density and purity. This 2008 requires 4-5 y ...Read More » 


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2008 James Johnson Vineyard "Bisou" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Bisou comes across as more powerful than the 2007. The flavor profile is slightly darker than normal and everything is just a bit richer, deeper and more balanced than the wines I have tasted from this site previously. Dark cherries, plums, menthol and licorice wrap around the sensual, textured finish. This is a terrific showing for the Bisou. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. (AG)" (12/2011)  


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $139.99 Add To Cart
RP 94



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