2008 chateau sol special
currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, blackberry, cherry, asparagus, spice, ginger and vanilla
violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box
"Robert Parker is so high on the 08's and even though I am not in the same place as him on the vintage overall, I am a HUGE fan of this wonderful little Bordeaux, to me this is the style I can really get behind, big fruit and ripe complexity. Bordeaux needs more people to know about these kind of wines and the value they bring to the table." -Gary Vaynerchuk
"Juicy red fruit and soft tannins make this a very approachable red you can open at a moment's notice to make any night a special night." -Importer
"Bordeaux AOC wines are supple, fruity, and not too robust. Depending on the blend, they offer delicious aromas of red berries (raspberry), blackcurrant or violet. Thanks to their fruitiness, these wines may be consumed young. Bordeaux AOC wines can be produced on the entire wine-producing area of the Gironde and obey strict quality norms set by the I.N.A.O. (Institut National des Appellations d'Origine). Accordingly, the maximum authorized yield is 55 hL/ha, and the alcohol level (in % of volume) must be between 10 and 13%."
"The Bordeaux and Bordeaux-Superieur Appellations terroir is regional. The red wines from these AOC's are made from grapes harvested all over Bordeaux from authorized grape varieties grown in all of the major soil types, using the region's traditional methods."
"Consequently, these wines are a perfect example of the Bordeaux spirit. The Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieurs embody the much-appreciated Bordeaux style of harmonious elegance, power, balance and aromatic complexity." -Bordeaux.com
2008 BORDEAUX VINTAGE:
"It did not take me long to realize that the 2008 vintage was dramatically better than I had expected. It had all the qualities that make an excellent and in some cases, a great vintage so special: exceptionally dark opaque colors, gorgeously ripe fruit, stunning purity almost across the board, great freshness (because it was a cool year), slightly higher acids than normal, and remarkable density as well as concentration. Moreover, one of the significant keys to evaluating quality is the maturity of the tannins. In 2008, the tannins are unusually velvety, even in wines that may lack concentration." -Robert Parker, "In Vino Veritas - The 2008 Red Bordeaux"
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