Stuhlmuller’s regular 2008 Cabernet, released a year ago, was quite good. This one’s even better. It has all the hallmarks of a superior Cabernet, with rich, delicious blackberry, cherry, licorice, Dr. Pepper cola and oak flavors, framed into soft, intricate tannins. With a pleasant minerality, it should age well through 2016, gradually losing fruit. — S.H. (3/1/2012)
"Here’s a very rich, elaborate wine that defines the modern, ripe style of Zinfandel. You certainly can’t complain about the fruit, which is massive in red and black berry and stone fruit flavors, sprinkled with black pepper, cinnamon and star anise. It’s a little hot and sweet in alcohol, but then again, this is an Alexander Valley Zin. — S.H. (3/1/2012)
"(Best Buy) Fermented without added yeast in older French oak barrels and casks (only seven percent is new wood), this wine has a mild toastiness from lees aging and a clean exposition from beginning to end. The mellow citrus flavors and tight acidity keep it lifted, while the unctuous texture would match rich fish, like grilled Spanish mackerel."
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