Plumpjack Merlot Rutherford 2008
Restrained elegance is a way to describe the 2008 PlumpJack Merlot. Primary aromas of baked plums, cardamom, mulling spices and blackberry are followed by secondary aromas of chocolate, vanilla beans and warm fudge. In the mouth, primary flavors of berry cobbler, plums and cocoa are followed by secondary flavors of herbs de provance, cedar and cigar smoke. Firmer with broader shoulders at this point than the 2007, the 2008 Merlot will benefit from a 2-3 hour decant if enjoyed in its youth but will age wonderfully if cellared for 3-5 years.
External Reviews for Plumpjack Merlot Rutherford
As in years past, the main source for the PlumpJack Merlot in 2008 was Beckstoffer’s Orchard Ave. Vineyard in the Oak Knoll appellation. Other vineyard sources included; Kenefick Ranch vineyard in Calistoga, Beckstoffer’s Melrose vineyard in Rutherford and Flora Springs in Rutherford. A blend of 78% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6 % Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 17% in French and American oak barrels. Robert Parker scored it 91+ saying "Dense purple, with loads of charcoal and barbecue notes as well as smoke, meat, black cherries and plums, the concentrated 2008 Merlot still needs some time to resolve its relatively formidable tannic structure. Give it another 2-3 years and drink it over the following 10-15." Very limited.
Tasting Notes - Primary aromas of baked plums, cardamom, mulling spices and blackberry are followed by secondary aromas of chocolate, vanilla beans and warm fudge. In the mouth, primary flavors of berry cobbler, plums and cocoa are followed by secondary flavors of herbs de Provence, cedar and cigar smoke.
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