2008 Delectus Cuvee Julia

Had my first opportunity to try the 2008 Delectus Cuvee Julia last night. While still a bit young this is a huge wine that will continue to get better with a little patience. Opened and decanted for about an hour.  BiDelectus Duvee Julia 2008g currant and ripe blackberry with a hint of earthiness. Still a little tannic on the long finish so it needs a bit more time.  While it’s drinking well now, another year and it will be good to go. This is the first vintage that includes fruit from the Delectus Estate in Knights Valley. It is made with 50% Napa Valley fruit and 50% Knights Valley fruit. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Merlot.

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2006 Delectus Cuvée Julia (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Very dark purplCuvee Juila_2006e all the way to the rim. The aromas are a wonderful mix of black currant, cherry and vanilla. Across the palate the fruit really shines with black cherry, plumb stew, and blackberry. There is a lot going on but everything in it’s place and working very well together. The tannins are fine grained and work well with the rest of the experience. The Cuvee is the best of the barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot in the Delectus lots. If you enjoy the ripe expression of these varietals without drifting into overblown, you will enjoy this wine. Outstanding.

TopWines Of 2008 Part 3

As we draw to the end of the year it’s time to start thinking about the best wines of the year. The wines are those that have been released in calendar year 2008 so mostly 2005 vintage with a few from 2004 and 2006. My top twenty wines will be a little different than most for a few reasons. First, the list will be dominated by red wines because that is what I prefer. I am sure there are many, many great white wines that should be on someones top list but I wouldn’t know because I don’t taste them. Second, the list will contain many new world wines. I don’t buy very many old world wines. The style I prefer is more new world so that is what I taste. Finally the wines on the list are wines that I have purchased with my hard earned dollars or something that I have tasted at a wine event either as a guest or a paid attendee. I am not on lists like Colgin or Screaming Eagle. I haven’t tasted these wines so I can’t very well offer an opinion except that they are overpriced no mater how good they taste. I am your typical wine enthusiast who has a wine budget. No one is sending me wine to taste for free (one can dream however).

Numbers 10-6:

10. 2006 Two Hands, Gnarly Dudes, Shriaz, Borossa Valley

 9. 2006 Kosta Browne, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

 8. 2005 DR II Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

 7. 2005 Delectus Cuvee Julia, Cabernet blend, Napa Valley

 6. 2005 Phillipe Milka CJ, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley