2008 Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
"The top wine, and one with 25 or more years of potential, is the single-vineyard 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Aged 20 months in 100% new oak, this is a limited production cuvee of just under 200 cases. With compelling fruit intensity and a saturated purple color, its notes of melted licorice, forest floor, blackberry and cassis linger in the aromatics and in the mouth. Huge, concentrated, and even better than the 2007, this wine needs to be forgotten for 3-4 years and drunk over the following two to three decades. This is one of my favorite unheralded producers in Napa Valley. The wines have off-the-charts richness, great balance, and the potential (at least in the case of the Juliet and the Reserve) to be aged for 20 or more years. There is a striking purity and intensity to these wines that merits serious attention. They all come from a small nine-acre vineyard in the Stags Leap appellation."