Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Oakville Cuvée 2008
This is an elegant monster requiring patience on the palate and airing of at least an hour and a half. The nose opens to a luxurious array of dark berries, cherry, coffee, dark chocolate, earth, tar, graphite, and pepper. At uncorking, the palate launches tight and hot, but full of promise. At two hours, the wine blooms into a gloriously layered palate, with dark fruits, mainly blackberry and blueberry but also prunes, joining cafe latte, dark chocolate and crème brulee in the center, followed by a peppery finish framed by a vegetal edge, with pomegranate and cassis showing intermittently in the lengthy, luscious, lively fade. Tannins show durability and strength, but increasing subtlety, blending harmoniously into a fully structured mouthful of rich flavors and zesty sensations. A peppery mouthfeel sustains in the back as the palate dries in the front. A quiet but savory acidity adds tang to the top and supports the intermingling of fruits and spices in the center, including vanilla, mocha, honey and pepper, throughout a lengthy, focused, sumptuous, and harmonious display. At three hours, the wine integrates and becomes smoother, then even more elegant, if slightly less powerful, thereafter. This awesome wine shows best between 1 ½ and 2 ½ hours.
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External Reviews for Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Oakville Cuvée
From the Oakville estate of Plumpjack (the former Villa Mt. Eden Vineyard made famous by Nils Venge, whom I believe is still a consultant), the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, licorice, and graphite. Flawlessly put together, with delicate tannins, full body, but elegance combined with power, this impressively pure, layered, multi-dimensional Cabernet Sauvignon is already drinkable. It need another 5-7 years to gain complexity, but this is a superb 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon to be drunk now or cellared for two decades.
Made from the estate, in the center of Oakville, this fancy Cabernet is very ripe and oaky, and solidly in the opulent, flamboyant cult style. It floods the mouth with melted blackberries, cherries, raspberries, cocoa and sweet new oak, framed in tannins that are rich and refined. Bone dry, it's a flashy wine to drink now, and will mature for a decade.
Winemaker Notes - Winemaker Anthony Biagi compares our 2008 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot) quite favorably to both the 2002 and 2007 vintages as it possess the opulent flavor profiles of the 2007 with the mouth coating tannins of the 2002. He describes this wine as possessing pungent aromas of Blackberry, Plums, Black Cherry and Minerals. They are followed on the palate with flavors of Blackberry Pie, Hoisin, Black Olive and Black Cherry. This wine is more approachable at this point then the 2007 with what I feel are sweeter tannins. It will be at its best 5-7 years from now but will go an easy 15 years.
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvée from Plumpjack's Oakville ranch, where Nils Venge once made the famed Cabernet Sauvignons under the Villa Mt. Eden label. (The 1974s and 1978s are still going strong.) Floral notes intermixed with creme de cassis, white chocolate, plum, and licorice characteristics are followed by a wine with supple tannins, fabulous concentration, a multilayered mouthfeel, and a finish that lasts 40+ seconds. This incredible Cabernet can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years.
This rich, full-bodied and creamy-textured red exhibits dried currant, spice, mineral and leather scents that unfold to reveal spice, plum and wild berry notes and ending with drying tannins. Drink now through 2017.
Winemakers notes:Winemaker Anthony Biagi compares our 2008 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot) quite favorably to both the 2002 and 2007 vintages as it poss
Aromas of black cherry, minerals, warm chocolate, and black currants are followed on the palate with flavors of blackberry puree, chocolate, vanilla, black olive and rosemary. Rich, plush tannins give this Cabernet outstanding structure.