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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008
($125; 63% cabernet sauvignon, 20% petit verdot and 17% merlot, all from the Figgins family's Upland Vineyard, which climbs to an altitude of 1,600 feet) Bright ruby-red. Deep, multidimensional aromas of cassis, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and black pepper. Wonderfully sweet and deep on the palate, but with superb ripe acidity and a floral element giving lift and definition to the wine's flavors. The wine's uncanny mouth-saturating concentration and sweetness thoroughly hides its wine's 15% alcohol. Still a baby today but built for a long evolution in bottle. The pH here is 3.65, whereas the '06 cabernets are more like 3.8. From a crop level of about 2.2 tons per acre, according to Chris Figgins.