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VHR Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Vintage

VHR 2008 Erratic 2008 weather patterns, highlighted by frigid and dry spring conditions, shaped the tiny, highly-concentrated berries harvested from Vine Hill Ranch’s Blocks 4, 6 and 7. This intense fruit expresses the essential profile of a powerful, well-structured and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vine Hill Ranch, Napa Valley, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon wine label

Block 6 carries the flavors of its forest perimeter—chaparral, bay laurel, brambly black fruits and fresh damp earth—with brooding, tightly woven tannins. Bordered by a creek, Block 7 brings graphite and cobbly stone qualities with smooth, supple tannins. Situated on the loamy soils of our benchland, Block 4 yields a pure and vibrant red cherry fruit; its tannins are fine and flavors exude verve and energy.

Expect wild aromas of crushed blackberries and cassis with dusty cocoa nib, echoes of a woodland floor and hints of lead with dried sage, anise and black truffles. Generously structured and well proportioned, persistent tannins, bright acidity and a core of intense black fruit interweave with a bouquet of dried herbs and layers of earthy minerality.

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2008 harvest began in the early morning of September 12th, ending on October 8th. Grapes were scrupulously hand sorted and aged in French Oak for 9 months, then blended and returned to barrel for an additional 12 months. 300 cases were bottled in August 2010.

vineyard map plots: 4, 6, 7