Somewhat disappointing on first taste with vegetal asparagus notes, but patience is rewarded. Those unhappy nuances float away into the ether once the major alcohol (14.8%) dissipates, replaced by a nose of ripe blackberries and spices—a hint of anise, perhaps. Coats the palate nicely with soft tannins and chocolate and plum flavors. The finish is not overly impressive at first, but grows on you. In fact, this wine was even better the next day. Not out of place with a duck confit or even a cassoulet (once the weather gets chilly again). Highly recommended.

WHO: Plumpjack Estate
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $75

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Gary Thomas
Wine Review Editor

Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.

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  • http://plumpjackwinery.com PlumpJack Winery

    Gary,

    Thanks for the kind review of the 2008 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet! Patience with this bottle will surly be rewarded. Let us know how it pairs with duck confit and cassoulet.

  • http://www.foodandwinechickie.com Veronique Deblois

    Was surprised at how you started the review, but then you got it! I love Plumpjack cab and your description of ‘mouth coating’ is right on.