Oakville Ranch Cabernet – Single Vineyard 94 Point Magic $44.95
Every time I drink an Oakville wine, I’m amazed at the uniqueness of the flavor. Cabernet made from this tiny appellation in the center of the Napa valley, flanked by Yountville to the south and Rutherford to the north, is immediately identifiable by its exceptional density and powerful but sweet tannins.
The 2008 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. At this young age, it pours a deep, opaque purple. The color alone identifies this wine as something special. The nose is sweet and round, another signature of Oakville, with a nice balance of ripe fruit and new oak flavors. On the palate, it shows its youth with mouth-coating, biting tannins that get sweeter as the lengthy finish lingers on. Let this baby sit for 10 years and it will be absolutely epic. If you don’t like it then, you will be able to sell it for more than you bought it for on the 94+ point rating alone.
As I read the back label, two things are clear. 1) Oakville ranch takes winemaking very seriously. This wine comes from 4 distinct plots in a single vineyard rising clear up to 1,400 feet. That kind of precise selection is impressive and really shows through in the layered flavors of their wine. 2) Oakville Ranch does not believe in capitalization (see picture right).
If you collect California Cabernet, this wine is a must. It’s a spectacular wine today for its size and weight, but like a bride before her wedding, this wine will drop weight and gain complexity as it ages. 2008 is turning out to be an absolutely spectacular vintage for Napa Cabernet. I can’t wait to taste more!
Buy Here: 2008 Oakville Ranch Cabernet $44.95
Robert Parker 94+ points
“The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville exhibits a similar opaque purple color and appears to be slightly richer than the 2007, as preposterous as that may sound. This thick, unctuously textured Cabernet is loaded with creme de cassis, charcoal, earth and spice characteristics and displays an explosively long finish. Both vintages are great, but the 2008 might nudge out the 2007. However, this will not be definitively decided for 10-15 years. This is another 20-year wine.”
International Wine Cellar 92 points
“Good full ruby. Complex aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, subtle spices and menthol. Lush on entry, then utterly seamless in the middle, with harmonious acidity giving shape and energy to the intense cassis and black cherry flavors. A peppery nuance provides lift but this fruit bomb will need four or five years in the bottle to develop more complexity.”