RED C Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008

WA # 186 (Dec 2009)
Rating: 90
Drink 2009-2017
Suggested Retail Price: $44

The delicious, seductive 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Red C exhibits plenty of ripe black cherry and licorice-infused black currant fruit as well as a fleshy, medium-bodied style with no hard edges. The wine’s balance and depth suggest it should drink well for 7-8 years.

Author and Wine Critic

Covenant, Red C, Napa Valley, 2008: Dark garnet towards royal purple in color, medium- to full-bodied, with soft tannins and gentle wood influences. On the nose and palate blackcurrants, blackberries and black cherries, those matched nicely by notes of bittersweet chocolate, garrigue and roasted herbs. Best 2011-2016. Tentative Score 89-91.. K

90 Points

The 2008 is admittedly the first vintage of the Red C that caught my attention. Deep purple in color with notes of blackberry and cherry on the nose. On the palate, tons of black fruit, licorice, and hints of raspberry followed by spicy oak. Tannins are in full force and the finish is long and spicy. Drink it now if you enjoy an in-your-face experience or wait for the wine to mellow a bit over the next year. Either way, enjoy!