2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Tasting Notes
September 13, 2012 - Our 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon features 84% of the grapes coming from the Howell Mountain, Second Chance and One Lane Bridge vineyards. This is the highest percentage of mountain fruit in our Napa Cabernet that we have bottled to date. The wine is one of the darkest in color we’ve made, presaging flavors and aromas to be revealed in a glass. It is a big muscular Napa Cabernet with firm tannins featuring dark fruit and chocolate aromas mingled with the blackberry/cherry fruit. Another layer of flavors brings a mix of tobacco and cured olives with hints of spice, sage and tea. The mouth-feel is very rich with generous mountain tannins that have evolved into a velvety texture creating a long, delicious finish. Our 2008 will benefit from some bottle aging if you can resist popping the cork. True to form with previous Neal cabernets, patience is rewarded!

Harvest Information
Harvest Dates: September 6 – October 29, 2008
Vineyard Locations: Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford
84% Mountain Grown Fruit

Barrel Aged 23 Months
81% New French Oak
Bottled October 7, 2010

Technical Data
100% Napa Valley
100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Organically Grown Grapes
Alcohol: 14.4%
pH: 3.80
TA: 0.59