2008 Hall Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall

Year: 2008
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 93+
Vinous Media: 92
Connoisseurs' Guide: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 94
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"Rich, savory and full-bodied, showing direct, potent young Cabernet flavors built around blackberry and dark berry fruit, with touches of spice, black licorice, mineral and toasty wood. Very impressive for its purity, finesse and graceful finish. Best from 2012 through 2022. 2,450 cases made." (WS)

"Full-bodied, showing notes of minerality and more dusty, loamy scents intermixed with crushed rock, black currants and herbs, it is a deep, full-bodied wine." (WA)

"(14.8% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Currant, bitter chocolate and seductive oak on the nose, complicated by loamy soil tones. Sweet, pliant and fine-grained, with cassis, espresso and mocha flavors that come across as higher-pitched than those of the basic Napa Valley bottling. At once sweet and nicely delineated; this really fills the mouth. This very firmly built cabernet finishes with superb mouth-dusting tannins and excellent length." (IWC)

"There is simply no getting around the fact that this very tough youngster is presently hard as nails, but there is also so much richness and sheer fruity depth to be had that we have unquestioned faith in its future. It is ripe. It is weighty. It is built with a spine of ten-year tannins, and it will test the patience of any who cellar it away. It is, nonetheless, a wonderfully stuffed wine whose firm varietal grasp is clear even now, and it comes with high recommendation for those willing to wait for another decade or so. Reviewed: August 2011" (CG)

"This is a best of barrels blend from HALL's various vineyards, including the famous Sacrashe. The wine itself is lovely. It has a firm structure thanks to dusty tannins and a dry minerality, while bright acidity makes the cherry, blackberry, blueberry, cassis and dark chocolate fruit sing." (WE)

Best of Show -Quarterly Review of Wines 2011 "Best of The Best"

"Big, walloping, earthy, ultra-rich, utterly riveting, black fruit and nutty oak flavors."

HALL “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the choicest fruit from our finest estate vineyard blocks and extraordinary mountain fruit from our select vineyard partners. Through a mélange of varietals and terroir, this wine has transcended into a symphonic Bordeaux cuvée. Fruit from our renowned Sacrashe vineyard dominates our 2008 blend. The captivating voice of the Sacrashe vineyard, with its restrictive volcanic ash soils, high elevation and undulating aspects define the soul of this wine.

The nearly opaque purple-black color of this wine hints at its depth and power. Rife with aromas of violets, cocoa powder, stewed raspberries, blackberry nectar, and roasted herbs; the wine is luscious and dense with a sweet, focused core. Dark cherries, blackberry preserves, black spice and roasted nut flavors intermingle across a seemingly endless finish. This vintage of HALL “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to improve over 15 or more years of cellaring.