Ackerman’s 2008 is more intense, more concentrated and longer-lived than any of the previous five vintages. The electrifying nose hums with deep blackberry, Bing cherry, sweet plum and rich mocha/toasty oak. On the palate, the fruit intensity carries through with enormous depth and mouth filling tannins, which augur well for at least another 10 to 20 years of aging in the cellar.
91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Dec. 12): "...this very gutsy young wine is not quite so well-proportioned but makes up in richness for what it may lack in finesse. Its extracted flavors are blunted by mouth-drying astringency..."
"Wine of the Week", Gayot.com (Feb. 11, 2013): "Its impact begins with blackberry, black currant, rose petal and toasted aromas. A concentrated wine, its dark fruit flavors deliver a punch of black cherry and blackberry. Earthy notes come through on the mid and back of the palate, adding complexity and depth..."
Just 158 cases made.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.