This wine blog contains my amateur reviews of wines that I have tried from around the world. Many of the reviews are based on a single bottle, which may or may not truly represent the wine. I welcome all comments. Cheers! Zum Wohl! Prost! Salud!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Brian Arden Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Here is another outstanding Cabernet from my new favorite CA winery - Brian Arden. I have posted three other wines by Brian Arden and they are consistently great. The 2008 Cabernet was harvested from the Delaney Family Vineyards in Northern Sonoma. The vines were grown along the Limerick Lane Bench near Healdsburg and were hand harvested from multiple blocks. The grapes were fermented at low temperatures to enhance the rich fruit profile and multiple yeasts were used for character and complexity. This ruby colored wine has the incredible aromas that were present in the other Brian Arden wines. There was cassis and blackberry along with some vanilla and spices. The structure on this medium-full bodied wine was perfect with medium tannins which will enhance this wine over the next 5-8 years. The sugars and acidity were well balanced. The initial flavors were of strawberry, black currants and a hint of blueberrys followed by some toasted oak and spices on the back. The wine was smooth and elegant and not a big bold CA Cabernet. The flavors stick around and will keep you coming back for more. Only 132 cases were made of the 2008 vintage and I can promise you they will be gone quickly once it is available to the public. Give this wine about 30 minutes to open up or decant if you have one available. We served this with a hanger steak and a shallot reduction over the top along with asparagus on the side. The perfect pairing!! Could also be served with other red meats such as wild boar or venison. Stay tuned for the release of this wine. You will be sure to hear alot about Brian Harlan and his wine making for years to come.