2008 Kobalt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A joint project between well-known winemaking consultant Mark Herold and Kevin Carriker, Kobalt's big, blockbuster 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) boasts an inky/purple color as well as a big, sweet perfume of camphor, charcoal, blueberries, black currants and toasty oak. Superb fruit, a sweet, full-bodied mouthfeel, a multilayered texture and a long finish with abundant but sweet, nicely integrated tannins, this classic Napa Cabernet should be consumed over the next 15-18 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Cassis and violet on the rather cool nose. Juicy and tight, with unforthcoming black fruit and mineral flavors dominating the palate. This, too, is extremely primary today and will likely need at least a few years of aging.
Intense and rustic, with chewy tannins wrapped around core flavors of dried herb and currant, mineral, sage, tea, coffee grounds and cedar. This is full-bodied and complex, if still quite tight and leathery. In need of cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2023. (Web-only, 2011)