Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: ***+ Chez Ray Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma CA, 2008 (CC8)

Original Review, November, 2013: This is a review of Chez Ray Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, from frozen Sonoma, CA, grapes from the 2008 vintage.  Arrival of the grapes and process were described here.  Today, we're sampling the wine at five years from vintage date - probably just about the right age for this wine.  But let's see!

In the glass, deep magenta, opaque from about a half inch from the edge.  Aromas are all about plums and medicine, a hint of sharp fresh laundry thrown in.  The palate offers a rich, thick, sweet black/black/blackberry liqueur with a hint of bright acids that lift the sip.  Full, fresh, enjoyable finish; with the full experience rating three plus stars on the five star Spirit of Wine scale.

Updated Notes, June, 2016:  Consistent deep magenta color.  According to colleagues, aromas still seem plummy.  The black fruit liquer plus a shot of finishing light acid still identifies the sip.  Held nicely to three more years of age!  Inspired by Chez Ray CC8 wine: "Got half a sausage on a stick, the fire's smoking it good - looking forward to that warming bite!"

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