2008 Hall Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2008
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 95
Connoisseurs' Guide: 88
Red Wine
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"As for those in bottle, my favorite is the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. Most of this comes from the Sacrashe Vineyard as well. A dense, full-bodied wine with lots of creme de cassis, charcoal, licorice and forest floor, the wine is opulent and already delicious and powerful. It should continue to drink well for at least 12-15+ years.

All of these wines are made by winemaking consultant David Ramey. I looked at some 2009 cuvees , the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Ellie’s, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Jack’s Masterpiece, and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Bergfeld. All of these wines should score between 90 and 95 points as they all have deep colors, beautiful pure fruit, the vintage’s tell-tale front-end loaded sweetness, balance and elegance as well as good freshness and depth. My favorites include the Diamond Mountain, Ellie’s, and Jack’s Masterpiece, with the latter being the most tannic along with the Bergfeld. All of these should be top-notch Cabernet Sauvignons that will last 20-25 years. If you haven’t jumped on the Hall bandwagon, it has been loaded with goodies for the last 3-4 years." (WA)

"As a group, the Hall Cabernets are unstinting in tannin, and this tough customer should give pause to anyone looking for a wine to enjoy any time soon. It is solid, and it is well-filled in fruit, and that fruit somehow survives and shows itself after its formidable astringency fades. Make no mistake, however, this is a wine for the future, and we recommend that it be cellared away for at least six to ten years. Reviewed: August 2011" (CG)

"Hall has been on a real run lately. Since the 2006 vintage, they have received solid 90+ scores, but in the 2008 vintage their Napa Cabernet hit the magic 95 point mark (from Robert Parker). What’s magic about 95 points? Price. It’s almost impossible to find a Robert Parker 95 point Napa Cabernet under $100, let alone $40. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a single Napa Cab from the 2008 vintage that hit this prestigious value mark. A couple from 2007 come to mind like Robert Craig Affinity and… okay, no more come to mind. Affinity sold out in an instant and the same will happen with this Hall bargain.

This wine is made by David Ramey and comes mostly from Sacrashe Vineyard." (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of special lots from each of our five estate vineyards along with esteemed fruit from our premiere Napa Valley vineyard partners. Our focus, from vine to glass, is to deliver a dense, supple Cabernet Sauvignon that consistently over-delivers. As we strive to achieve this, vintage after vintage, we uphold rigorous organic small-vine farming practices in each of our vineyards and meticulous time-honored techniques in our state-of-the-art winemaking facilities. Our commitment must be unparalleled and our standards unrelenting at each and every phase throughout the growing season and winemaking process.

With its deep purple hue, the 2008 HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon drives complex aromas of jammy blackberry puree, rich cassis, Asian Five-Spice and dark chocolate from the glass. The fleshy texture is both dense and opulent, the perfect platform for brawny black and briar fruit flavors that persist through the velvety, enduring finish. This wine will continue to gain complexity and grace for 5-10 years.

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