Posts Tagged 2008

2008 Duckhorn Merlot, Three Palms Vineyard, Napa Valley

Thirty vintages after serving as Wine Lines’ “epiphany wine,” the “Three Palms” Merlot is still going strong. The 2008 vintage is ruby red in hue and enticingly perfumed. The aroma and flavor spectrum includes soft red berry/cherry, mild... Read more

2008 Leeuwin Estate ‘Art Series’ Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia

Pale straw in color, with glints of emerald. Lovely aromas of grilled Meyer lemon, hazelnut, vanilla, smoke and pear lead to additional fleshier fruit flavors and creaminess in the mouth. Remarkably balanced, with a finish that seems to build with... Read more

2008 Macari Vineyards ‘Dos Aguas’ Red Wine, North Fork of Long Island

The “two waters’ referenced in this red blend are Long Island Sound, which serves as the northern barrier of the Macari property, and Peconic Bay, which separates the two “forks” of Long Island. It’s a classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot,... Read more

2008 Macari Vineyards Cabernet Franc, North Fork of Long Island

Firm tannins have served this floral wine well, as they’re just beginning to subside and allow the cherry fruit to shine through. Mild earth and eucalyptus notes add to the complexity, and the finish is now quite smooth. Duck or Asian fare... Read more

2008 Macari Vineyards ‘Estate’ Merlot, North Fork of Long Island

2008 was considered a “medium weather” year on Long Island, meaning that most of the fruit in most of the vineyards was able to attain good ripeness. As a result, this bottling exhibits “typical” Merlot notes of cherry and bell pepper,... Read more

2008 Trione Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Translucent ruby color. Bright, sassy scents of strawberry and cherry are accented by notes of cinnamon, sage and forest mushrooms. The wine starts out silky on the palate, but still shows a fair amount of earthy grip at the end. Pair this light red... Read more

2008 Trione Syrah, Russian River Valley

Opaque purple/black color. This is Syrah done old-school, with aromas of cough drop and fatty game meat, a whiff of violets, joined by herbs, black pepper and ample blackberry jam. Full, lush and mouth-filling, with velvety, earthy tannins. The... Read more

2008 Trione Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Medium straw color. In the nose, moderate baked apple fruit and oak shadings are overshadowed by brown butter aromas. The fruit livens up as it enters the palate, then catches an odd vegetal note before finishing with a buttery impression. This wine... Read more

2008 Chateau La Grange Clinet Grand Vin de Bordeaux, Cotes de Bordeaux

Smooth-drinking, affordable blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Jammy blackberries mingle with notes of roasted pepper, autumn leaves and campfire. For the price, surprisingly enjoyable. MSRP: $10.99 (December 2012) Wine... Read more

2008 Chateau de Lisennes ‘Cuvee Tradition’ Bordeaux Superieur Rouge, France

Transparent light ruby in color, this wine has a light vinegar quality in the nose, joined by an impression of sweet molasses. In the mouth, it’s quite different — much more mellow and slaty, but with hardly any noticeable fruit — and then a... Read more