2008 Selene "Dead Fred" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $50)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Dead Fred Vineyard is a more structured, less charming effort at present, but it has more layers as well as 10-15 years of upside potential. The tannins are noticeable, but sweet. Notes of plums, earth and spice can be found in this dense 2008. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age to come into its own.
This is an ultrarich, ripe Cabernet, marked by jammy blackberry, blueberry and cherry fruit flavors, with a milk chocolate sweetness and soft, intricate tannins. Made in the soft, modern style, it’s best over the next six years.
A graceful if understated effort, refined and delicate, with loamy earth, dried currant, sage and roasted herb flavors. Full-bodied and complex, yet the flavors struggle to make a more assertive statement. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Web Only-2011