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2008 Vino del Sol

100 cs. produced.  Our signature Port-style dessert wine (17.6% abv.), exhibits intense aromas of roasted figs, salt plum, fennel, black raspberries and freshly baked bread.  The mouth-feel is dominated by black plum, cherry and apricot flavors with cocoa and sweet spice emerging in the finish. An exceptional match for dry cheeses, berry pies, or a fine cigar.

Production Notes

Appellation: Yountville
Blend: 47% Merlot, 34% cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petite Verdot
Alcohol: 17.6%
Production (750ml): 100 cases
2008 Vino del Sol



The 2008 Vino del Sol is a pretty, textured dessert wine laced with red cherries, spices, new leather, roasted coffee beans and licorice. The 2008 is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. -Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

California Wine Report

This is a fun little sweet wine, made in a different way than in the 2007 vintage, when it was made entirely from dehydrated Merlot grapes from Roberta's Block. In this vintage, it's a blend of 47 percent Merlot, 34 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 15 percent Cabernet Franc and four percent of Petit Verdot. The grapes were crished and fermented in steel tanks to around five to seven percent of alcohol before a neutral local brandy was added to stop the fermentation and leave around 90 grams of residual sugar in the wine and out the alcohol strength at 17.6 percent.

This port styled wine is lovely, loaded with sweet and delicious flavors of sun ripe blueberries, black currants and blackberries, and although it's high in alcohol, it's much smoother than most ports. Acidity is fine rather than lively, but it gives some needed freshness to the taste. I find it to be a delicious that I'd love to serve at around 16-18 degrees Celsius in medium size glasses to matured blue cheeses, or (which I prefer myself) to rich chocolate desserts.

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