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2008 Ovid Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1084213 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark One of the highlights among the early vintages, the 2008 Ovid is the first wine in this tasting that is complete in its balance of aromatics, fruit, acidity and tannin. New oak also appears better judged here than in the first releases. Blackberry jam, spice, exotic spices, black cherry, menthol, licorice and lavender are all nicely delineated throughout, with hints of crème de cassis and crushed rocks that add freshness as the wine starts to open up in the glass. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2017)

93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This has beautiful balance. Very attractive, full bodied, and dense with impeccable balance. Polished tannins and a long finish. What a wine! Inner quote mark (4/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2008 Ovid (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot) is a slightly more restrained and marginally lighter version of the 2007. Still, it is a delicious, full-throttle, multi-dimensional wine, with loads of red, blue and black fruits and hints of camphor and graphite as well as forest floor notes in a medium-bodied, restrained, but impressively authoritative style to drink over the next 15 or more years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2010)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Red-ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, graphite, dried herbs and flowers. Lush, generous and rather forward, offering plenty of early sexy appeal. Finishes with broad, mouthcoating tannins and a firm spine of acidity. This may shut down in bottle but it's quite tasty today. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rich and fleshy, with ripe plum, wild berry, mineral, cedar and anise flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, graceful and elegant, ending with a delicate aftertaste and a firm, minerally finish. (JL) Inner quote mark (11/2011)

K&L Notes

93 points Stephen Tanzer in Vinous: "Bright, dark ruby to the rim. Exotic, liqueur-like aromas of black fruits and licorice lifted by violet and mineral high notes. Plush, sweet and fully ripe; utterly seamless but also with terrific energy and definition to its concentrated flavors of dark fruits, bitter chocolate and sexy oak spices. This very deep, unctuous yet juicy wine finishes very long and suavely tannic, displaying outstanding balance for the year. A tasty treat already but should evolve gracefully for another decade or more." (5/2018)

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