This wine exhibits a wonderful yin and yang of juicy approachability and firm, classic structure. The cool ripening season resulted in a vast range of fruit flavors, all the way from bright black cherry and blueberry through plums and cassis to blackberries and boysenberries. Hints of chocolate peek around the corner and spicy notes of anise, nutmeg and cardamom add to a lovely perfume of dried roses for astonishing complexity. The signature round, silky Kronos mouth feel completes the package.
94 points, The Wine Advocate (#198, Dec. 2011): "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard is made in a richer, riper style that shows more inner perfume and mid-palate expressiveness than the straight Cabernet Sauvignon."
94 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Dec. 12): "...Wonderfully complex and very deep in pure Cabernet fruit with lovely adjuncts of sweet oak, cocoa and subtle wisps of forest-floor spice..."
92 points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May/June 2011): "Ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, licorice and minerals. Broader and more viscous in the mouth than the regular Napa Valley bottling..."
Just 238 cases made.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.