Region: Napa Valley, CA
Mother-nature decided this 2008 wine was meant for food. While previous vintages of Noble Wines Cabernet Sauvignon fell more in the category of quaffable, this beauty, with its acidity and flavor profile, is decadently food-friendly.
Beautiful bright deep red. On first pour, the nose is dominated by exotic Indian spices (think cloves and cinnamon). With a bit of swirling, aromas of dried flower along with those of red currant preserves emerge. Without decanting, the mouth is very tight with a laser-like focus toward the front of the palate. The flavors are those of wild strawberries and sweet spice. It comes as a bit of a surprise compared to a more mature nose but provides a nice tension and is an indicator of how well this wine will age. After a good decanting, the palate broadens significantly and becomes sweet, warm, and amazingly complex. Due to concentration on the vine due to late Spring frosts, concentration in barrel due to an entire extra year spent without racking, and because of its awesome acidity, this mature mountain-top Napa Valley beauty approaches the stature of fine young Brunello or Rioja.
Grapes100% Cabernet Sauvignon
RegionCabernet Sauvignon for this wine is a blend of 3 superior Napa Valley locations: 53% Varozza Vineyard, St. Helena. Dry-farmed; 33% Danforth Vineyard, Rutherford Bench; 14% Melanson Vineyard, Pritchard Hill
ProductionOnly 288 cases
AgeabilityReleased only once aged to perfection, Noble holds all wine in the cellar at least 6 years. Enjoy this 2008 now through at least 2030.