2008 Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Estate Vineyard
Spring Mountain District
Wow, wow, wow! Today’s Juslyn Vineyard Company 2008 Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a truly stunning wine that is a near-perfect high-elevation Cabernet.
The depth of the fruit notes on today’s wine immediately grabbed our attention. As opposed to fresh or reduced fruit notes, today’s wine has a deliciously unique hint of pan fried plum and blackberry - slightly roasted with just a touch of darker, sweeter caramelization.
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Deep, foreboding crimson, with shoots of deep purple through and through.
Deliciously bold and richly layered, with rich high-elevation fruit notes of dark black cherry and Santa Rosa plum joining lavender, gravelly minerals, sweet tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, and fresh rosemary.
Simply put, stunning. A very serious, and seriously delicious, tasting profile, with pan fried sweet plum and blackberry mingling with sweet tobacco leaf, sandalwood, lightly roasted coffee bean, and cocoa powder.
Best decanted, today’s wine is a true high-elevation stunner. The silken finish is highlighted by fantastic structure and a lingering note of minerals.
Porcini and rosemary encrusted beef tenderloin, served with port wine sauce.
What the Winery Says
Robert Parker Winery Estate Review It seems to me that Juslyn is still somewhat under the radar for many wine consumers, but this is irrefutably an up-and-coming serious producer on Spring Mountain. Perry and Carolyn Butler, who own this magnificent 42-acre estate halfway up Spring Mountain, continue to fine-tune and increase the quality of their wines as the estate vineyards come into production. Their estate fruit is supplemented by purchases from some of the top growers in Napa, especially from Andy Beckstoffer’s vineyards in Napa. These wines have come on strong over the last three or four vintages, and they are brilliant examples of elegant Bordeaux-styled Cabernets, with freshness, outstanding aging potential, and beautiful purity and depth.
96 Point Review - Robert Parker The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain Estate (94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot) offers aromas of sweet blueberries and black currants intermixed with floral and crushed rock-like notes. Very cool climate in its mountain style, yet dense, rich, multilayered and long with sweet tannin, it will be drinkable early in life and last for 15-20 years.
91 Point Review - Antonio Galloni The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon flows across the palate with dark red fruit, licorice, spices and savory herbs. This delicate, understated Cabernet shows terrific balance in an understated, mid-weight personality. Structurally appears to be a wine to drink over the medium-term. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.
- Craig MacLean
- 96 Points - Robert Parker, 91 Points - Antonio Galloni
- Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
- Fruit Variety
- 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot
- Aged 3 years in 75% new French oak, 18 months in bottle before release
About the Winery
When British ex-patriots Perry and Carolyn Butler moved to California in 1982, they never dreamed they would own 42 acres of prime vineyard land in the heart of Napa Valley. They arrived in California as high-tech pioneers and founded their own computer company in the San Francisco Bay area. After routine 80-hour work weeks, the couple relaxed during weekend trips to Napa Valley, where they were bitten by the wine bug. Dreams of high-tech dominance soon turned to thoughts of returning to the land and grape growing.
In 1997, their dream became a reality when Perry and Carolyn sold their computer business and founded Juslyn Vineyards on a site overlooking the renowned Spring Mountain Winery. (The name, Juslyn, is derived from the names, Justine-the Butlers’ daughter-and Carolyn.) In 1998, they made their first vintage of Juslyn from grapes purchased from Andy Beckstoffer as they waited patiently for their own vines to mature. Their patience paid in 2000, when they were able to harvest their estate for the first time to produce 80 cases of Spring Mountain cabernet sauvignon.
Since then, there has been no turning back. Perry and Carolyn have committed to making the best wine possible in the heart of Napa Valley’s acclaimed Spring Mountain District. Having received 90+points from accredited publications like Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (December 2003) and Wine and Spirits Magazine (August 2004), the Butler’s are proving that they are on the path of success and truly living the American dream.