2008 Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Tightly wound, firm, dense and concentrated, with a core of dark berry, plum, roasted herb, game meat, graphite, road tar and lead pencil, ending with chewy tannins. Should reward cellaring. Best from 2012 through 2022.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep ruby-red. Cool aromas of blueberry, menthol and flowers; smells delicate. Then surprisingly creamy, round and sweet in the mouth, with a faint herbal edge giving shape and verve to the redcurrant and plum fruit. Lovely pliant wine in a rather easygoing style, finishing with smooth tannins. This should be approachable young and age well on its balance.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the better values in high end Napa Cabernet, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Elegant Bordeaux-like aromas of berries, loamy soil, graphite, mocha, black currants and cedar are followed by a medium-bodied, stylish wine with excellent texture, underlying floral notes and a long finish. Nearly as French-like as Napa’s Dominus wines, it should age effortlessly for 10-15 years.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. From Jancis Robinson: "Not that dark crimson. Very interesting, minerally nose. Lovely texture and sweet start is counterbalanced by beautifully judged refreshment on the end. Complete and sybaritic." (10/2011)