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2008 Lancaster Estate Sophia's Hillside Cuvee (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Lancaster Estate   details
Appellation: Alexander Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
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rated (2009 vintage, 750ml bottle) : October 6, 2013 , K&L Wine Merchants
"Lancaster is recognized as one of the top producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in Alexander Valley. With owner Ted Simpkins, one of the more influential figures in California wine sales, and the team of winemaker Jesse Katz and famed wine consultant David Ramey, all the pieces are in place for Lancaster to make great wines. The 2007 Lancaster Estate Sophia's Hillside Cuvee is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot aged 18 months in French oak barrels. The wine has a dark purple hue with aromas of blueberries, cinnamon and violets on the nose while the palate displays layers of complex fruit, berries, plums and dark chocolate seamlessly tied together with lush, fine tannins. The finish is smooth and long with a silkiness that makes you wish you had a bigger glass. Pair this wine with a steak or other hearty fare and you will not be disappointed. This wine can be enjoyed now if decanted 90 minutes ahead. It can go into your cellar for a good eight to twelve years where it will gain further complexity and soften up a bit. (Alex Pross, K&L Wine Club Director)"
rated (2006 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 8, 2011 , Karen R
"Smooth & Gentle"
rated (2005 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 30, 2009 , Wine Enthusiast
90 points "It's fair to call this a junior version of Lancaster's more expensive, superb Bordeaux-style wines. Like them, it's rich in black currant and cedar flavors, and quite tannic, a wine that needs a few years to come around. Three-quarters Cabernet Sauvignon, one quarter Merlot. Extremely limited availability with only 1,700 cases produced."
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