Rutherford, California, in Napa Valley, is home to Grgich Hills Estate. The winery produces a full line of red and white wines, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel.
The 2008 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Merlot. The wine was aged in French oak (60% new, 40% old) for 21 months. The ABV was 14.5% and there were 14,891 cases of this vintage produced.
I came across this wine on the list at Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, NJ. I had tried it once before, but it was so long ago, I could not recall whether or not I enjoyed the wine.
I decided to give it another try.
This was a PNP.
The color of the wine was a dark cherry red.
The nose was expressive and inviting. The prominent notes were black fruit, cherry, pepper, and vanilla.
The taste was warm and spicy. Following through from the nose were black fruit and cherries combined with toffee, vanilla, and pepper. The sensation was a combination of fruity and spicy. The wine was complex, yet cohesive. It was quite enjoyable.
The finish was long and full of cherries and black fruit. The texture was buttery.
I had this wine with a Blackened Ahi Tuna Sandwich (rare) with Daikon Sprouts, Tomato, and Wasabi Mayo. The two went great together. The spice of the sandwich played off the fruit of the wine to perfection. This wine would be spectacular with a grilled steak or roasted red meat.
The 2008 Grigch Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon cost me $126 in the restaurant. It retails for around $60. At that level, it is a good buy for a nice Cabernet Sauvignon. I will definitely pick up a bottle or two the next time I see it retail.