2008 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1093202 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate bursts from the glass with blackberries, cassis, grilled herbs, smoke and licorice, all of which are beautifully woven together. This ripe juicy Cabernet presents an exotic, super-ripe profile balanced by a firm sense of structure. Not a bad combination, to say the least. Freshly cut flowers, mint and licorice are layered into the energetic, vibrant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.  (2/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 A great Cabernet that will proudly stand beside the best of Napa Valley. Made in the modern style, it’s soft and sweet in blackberry, cherry, currant and dark-chocolate flavors, but the finish is thoroughly dry, wrapped in a scour of tannins and acids. So good to drink now, you might forget to age it, but don't. This will provide plenty of deliciousness over the next six-plus years.  (7/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and gutsy, with dense, extracted, well-focused dark fruit, blackberry, wild berry, black licorice and loamy earth, ending with savory herb notes and thick tannins. This winery continues to make gains. Drink now through 2022.  (6/2012)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 **Two Stars** Sourced from the very southern end of the Alexander Valley area and in the hills that extend from the Chalk Hill area, this is not quite the typical wine that one gets from its listed provenance. It is, however, very much in keeping with what Lancaster has been producing from its own patch over the years. Young, substantial and deeply fruited with convincing Cabernet credentials to its credit, this wine smells and tastes of cassis with wisps of mint and roasted vanilla bean. Full in body, rich in feel and very noticeably tannic without losing its way, it is sure to last out the decade.  (5/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (blended with 4% malbec, 2% merlot and 1% each cabernet franc and petit verdot): Bright red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice and menthol are complemented by spicy oak. Smooth, lush and full, with a spicy sassafras quality adding lift to the currant and chocolate flavors. This round, seamless wine finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and good grip.  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

Additional comments from Wine Advocate: "...I was only able to taste one wine from Lancaster, but it is a stunner. David Ramey is on board as consulting winemaker. Hopefully the 2008 is a sign of great things to come." (02/12)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5