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Ackerman Family Vineyards 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Review

Napa Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week February 11, 2013

A bottle of Ackerman Family Vineyards 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon , our wine of the week

Bob and Lauren Ackerman got married at Auberge du Soleil in 1989, and moved to Napa Valley five years later when they invested in a picturesque vineyard property. By 2003, they had graduated from vineyard caretakers to winery proprietors as Ackerman Family Vineyards was born. Focusing on Cabernet, the winery has earned a reputation for small-batch artisan wines. The 2008 Cabernet serves as a flavor-packed reminder of what Napa Cab is all about. Its impact begins with blackberry, black currant, rose petal and toasted aromas. A concentrated wine, its dark fruit flavors deliver a punch of black cherry and blackberry. Earthy notes come through on the mid and back of the palate, adding complexity and depth. The wine offers a hearty mouthful of tannins; although it is definitely drinkable now, those who are tannin-shy might want to wait as much as ten years before cracking a bottle to let that grip ease a bit. This big-bodied, full-flavored wine will eclipse most delicate foods. We recommend letting it stand on its own or pairing it with simple grilled meats and roasts.

Ackerman Family Vineyards 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Rating: 15/20
Price: $75

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