Christopher Creek Winery
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Finlay's Vineyard
California: Dry Creek Valley
One delicious powerhouse of a wine, today’s fantastic 2009 Christopher Creek Cabernet Sauvignon handily won over our entire tasting panel. With its bold and delicious flavors, elegant mouthfeel and brilliant nose, we give this wine our heartiest recommendation. Especially given today’s extraordinary Black Friday price.
Rich, full and bold on the palate, this wine also shows a softer and more elegant side. Especially after some hearty swirling or decanting, in order to let it breathe. The wine springs to life after just a few minutes, and our entire panel marveled at how continuously it improved as it stretched out.
Pair this lovely wine with something hearty, like a spice-rubbed pork tenderloin or a black pepper crusted New York steak. This is a very flexible wine and we paired ours with a lovely three cheese wood-fired pizza. The dark fruits of the wine juxtapose beautifully against the high acidity of the tomato sauce.
Drinking just beautifully, now, this is one wine that you’ll want to stock up on as we predict that it will continue to evolve for the next decade or more.
Please note: This Black Friday offer is expected to sell out. Please decide, quickly, before this very special offer - on this very special wine - ends.
Dark and inky burgundy with a slightly opaque heart. Spin the wine and watch as skinny pinkish legs moved slowly down the glass. After the wine has had a chance to breathe for a while, these legs become far more skinny and more tightly spaced. At the edge of the glass, a fine pink bring encircles the wine.
Very fruit-driven indeed, with cherry, dark raspberry and a bit of ‘forest after the rain’ leading the vibrant, aromatic quality of the wine. As it opens, it reveals sweet tobacco, sweet baking spice, blackberry compote, grilled plum and rich forest hummus.
Very concentrated and very dark on the palate, with bold blackberry, black cherry, cassis and braised plum out in the lead. Then, as the wine opens up, it reveals great complexity by delivering the additional flavors of sweet tobacco leaf, soft spice, dried fall leaves, dark violets, loamy earth and darkly toasted oak.
A very long and very plush. A persistent finish, with bold black fruits gradually yielding to more earthy elements of dried leaves, woods and minerals.
What the Winery Says
Our 2008 Finlay’s Vineyard Cabernet is produced from grapes grown in red soils (terrior*) on the Eastern slopes of Bradford Mountain overlooking Dry Creek Valley and shows the characteristics of a “serious Cab”. Finlay is the Ridgeback who guarded the vineyard. The vines are over 30 years old and the grapes produce wine with intense garnet color, aromas and tastes of dark chocolate, black cherry, cassis and bing cherry with toasty oak and cedar overtones. A blend of 90% Cabernet and 10% Merlot, the wine was aged for 18 months in French Oak Barrels. The concentration and ample tannic structure should allow for 8 to 10 years of bottle aging. Red meat dishes are the pairing of choice for the 2008 Cabernet. Try it with steak, prime rib or a barbecued tri-tip.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
pH: 3.51 at bottling
Aging Aged 18 months in French oak barrels
Cases produced: 462
Silver Medal—Tasters Guild
About the Winery
Christopher Creek Winery is a small, family owned winery with a long history of producing award winning, estate bottled, and hand crafted wines, with annual production around 4,000 cases. Located in Healdsburg, California on 11 rolling acres in the famous Russian River Valley AVA, with another 27 acres planted high on Bradford Mountain in Dry Creek AVA. Our first grape vines were planted in 1972, with the winery opening up shortly thereafter in 1974. Those first vines are still producing exceptional wines, and can be enjoyed daily as our Reserve Petite Syrah and Reserve Syrah.
Christopher Creek has earned hundreds of awards for its wines since 1974 with the legendary success of our Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc leading the way. Today, we have expanded our portfolio to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Port and Chocolate Bliss. Growing quality grapes is the primary focus in developing great wines, so each of our wines are hand harvest and hand crafted by our artisan wine maker, Mike Brunson, to ensure quality.
With the growing interest in the Rhone style wines, Christopher Creek offers the opportunity to taste wines produced from old vines. The vineyard, located in the Northeastern part of the Russian River appellation, where the climate is warmer, produces some of the best Syrah and Petite Sirah in the area.
Our 2005 Russian River Estate Bottled Syrah is a “Best of Class-Gold Medal Winner” and our 2004 Dry Creek “Finlay’s Vineyard” Cabernet is a Multiple Gold and Silver Medal Winner. Our 2006 Russian River “Catie’s Corner” Viognier and 2006 Russian River Estate Bottled Petite Sirah are Double Gold Medal Winners. Zinfandels produced by Christopher Creek are consistently “Best of Class”, “Best of Show”, Gold and Silver Medal Winners. Our Petite Sirahs are legendary winners with over 45 Medals and “Best of Class-Gold Medals” during the past ten years.