“The 18 Best Tasting 2008 Cabernet's and Their Characteristic”
In 2008, winemakers stressed and were under the gun, so to speak, because of the dreadful weather conditions they experienced that year. The hard frosts and uneven temperatures causing vintages to grow smaller crops, but even though their crops were smaller the taste of their 2008 Cabernets were truly outstanding.
Wine makers were praised for picking their grapes at the right moment offering 2008 Cabernets to wine lovers with timelessness and depth. Below we created for you a list of the best 2008 Cabernets and their tasting characteristics:
1. 2008 Tobacco Road Cabernet: blackberry,black cherry and coffee scents lead to a rich, round, easy to like, crowd pleasing Cabernet Sauvignon that ends with a fresh, jammy and spice filled finish.
2. 2008 Buehler Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon:Buehler remains the name to remember for outperforming Napa wines, and this 2008 Cabernet has an approachable style. It consists of 30 percent fruit from the St. Helena estate and the rest from the valley floor.
3. 2008 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: The look on the Chappellets' bottle is spectacular. The look and feel it gives is truly an eye-catcher. The bottling is from Pritchard Hill. Do not look for light feet here; this is unapologetically huge and profound, with solid doses of Petit Verdot and Malbec to add serious intrigue. It is full of dried rose, dust, nutmeg and vibrant, robust black fruit. It is refined, with sandalwood and an eau de vie accent on the finish. Its crafty oak presence and beautiful blackberry-black cherry gives it a ton of class.
4. 2008 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: This 2008 Cabernet is one to keep and savor for decades to come. It consists of a classic graphite, sandalwood, green olive and racy, vivacious cherry and plum. This 2008 Cabernet has plenty of fresh fruit, with a knotted-up structure but more than enough ripeness to satisfy your taste.
5. 2008 J. Davies jd Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon: Though his family already makes one of America's defining sparkling wines (Schramsberg), Hugh Davies is committed to making great tasting Cabernet. This Cabernet has a spicy, loamy taste, full of Mexican chocolate, plum compote and cassis, with a distinct wood component but also savory edges - dark earth and olive brine. This Cabernet is definitely one to consider trying.
6. 2008 Don & Sons Aquinas Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: This 2008 Cabernet from Don Sebastiani's powerhouse wine company is well composed containing a roasted cherry, charcoal and tobacco profile, sweet black fruit and a brightness on the finish that stands out.
7. 2008 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: This 2008 Cabernet has a sweet spice (think allspice) amid a slightly juicy taste - cassis and raspberry, with an orange-like tang.
8. 2008 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Hall winemaker Steve Leveque continues to make a larger-production wine (16,000 cases) with all the panache of Napa. Aged in 60 percent new oak, it is distinctly spicy and soft-edged: cinnamon, bark, earth and roasted plums.
9. 2008 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: If the Mondavi style has grown bulkier in recent years, typically topping 15 percent, winemaker Genevieve Janssens still packs a lot into a bottle including 40 percent fruit from the vineyard. This 2008 consists of roasted cherry, raspberry, graphite and a perfumed oak touch. It is a handsome, high-octane snapshot of modern Napa.
10. 2008 Rock Wall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: Kent Rosenblum's focus may be Zinfandel, but his new Alameda winery carries over his strong style to Cabernet as well. It bears a roasted-spice attribute of mace and nutmeg. It contains a lavish black fruit and plum flavors, with a coffee-like taste.
11. 2008 Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon: Winemaker Brian Brown keeps showing both his talents and the potential of this sleeper of a Rutherford property. The integration of 70 percent new oak is flawless, and a dusty, spicy character of espresso, fresh plum and sweet cassis pervades.
12. Château Fonbadet 2008 Pauillac: Fonbadet is one of the few chateaus that are not classed growths on the heartland vineyards of Pauillac. It has a strong proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, giving the wine strength of tannins and intense black currant flavors. With its firm tannins, it will age for many years.
13. Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse 2008 Pauillac: This big, impressive wine is packed with sweet tannins and black plum fruits. Smoky wood lurks in the background, while acidity tops it off attractively.
14. Château Batailley 2008 Pauillac: One of the undiscovered treats of Pauillac, Batailley has produced a 2008 Cabernet that shows richness, fresh acidity and delicious black currant fruits.