2008 TR Passalacqua Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Blocks 18 & 19
This wine was tasted on January 26, 2019 from a 750ml bottle that was stored between 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit. Older vintages may show some bottle variation depending upon storage conditions and differences in cork density. Also, please note that some library bottlings may take an additional one to two weeks to process and ship.
Wines from Blocks 18 & 19 tend to have a big, showy tannin structure, and 2008 fell right in line. The nose is assertive, with an alluring ensemble of pepper, mulling spices, and vanilla notes. The rich, dark color is indicative of the weight and structure of the tannins. Cassis, plum, and tobacco leaf round out the finish on the palate. While this wine is showing well now, if cellared properly, it will continue to age gracefully through 2029.
Our most concentrated Cabernet gets its intensity of flavor from fruit grown in the ideally shaped eastern bowl of TR Passalacqua Vineyard. This terroir rewards us year to year with an elegant, balanced Cabernet which has been the cornerstone of the Passalacqua Cabernet’s since 2004. Blocks 18 & 19 grow in rich red, rocky soil and the small bunches they yield consistently have the focused, classic Cabernet fruit and the powerful tannins you have come to expect from these vineyard blocks.
Twenty four months in thin-staved French oak, one-half new and one-half one year old.