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Saturday, February 16, 2013

2008 Stave 28 Reserve Red Wine

Friends, listen closely.  Before we get into the meat and potatoes of this wine, let me stress that there were only 80 cases of this bottled, so do yourself a favor and get some now.  This 2008 Reserve from Stave 28 will take you to the small wine chateaus of France without leaving your home.  I had the pleasure of tasting this both as a pre-bottle sample and now in bottle, and the wine is really amazing and I loved seeing the contrast between the two.  This wine will be a good one to lay down for a few years and see what further develops, but the current indications are both promising and rewarding.  Gorgeous red and purple blend in the glass with sexy legs and a nose of dark fruits, sweet but subdued smokiness and an earthly aroma that is subtle enough to be reminiscent of a French counter part.  In the mouth is a very smooth and satisfying wine of depth, providing the palate with dark fruits, vanilla, black currant, cigar smoke, hints of leather and pine needle.  According to wine maker Michael Weyna this juice spent over 3 years in French oak, which is an impressive feat and the long nap has been kind to this wine.  This blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot is married beautifully and the finish is memorable with well integrated tannins.  Again, this wine will only continue to bring more pleasure with age and you'll be glad you found it!

ABV:  14.3%
Appellation:  California
Cases Produced:  80
Retail Price:  $45.00
Score:  94 

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