2008 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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.
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.
**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.
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.
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)