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By Kerry Winslow

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2008 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley.
I was so happy to try the Karl lawrence as I had missed out on trying the last few vintages and it has always impressed me, and I can report it is just as good as ever, maybe better even. The 2008 Karl lawrence is rich and dense, but it is remarkably balanced and fresh too, I would liken it to 1990’s Caymus or Ridge Monte Bello in style, though it has it’s own unique character and is very distinct. The nose is floral and with touches of creme de cassis, vanilla and pencil lead leading to a firm palate of blueberry, blackberry, currants and cherry fruits with tobacco leaf, briar and licorice. This wine has graceful structure and great length, while fine tannins hold it all together, but remain smooth and subtle throughout. This Cabernet is pure class. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from top sites, Herb Lamb, Taplin and Morisoli and it shows. This is an awesome Cabernet and a value “Cult” wine! Without question this wine is sublime and any Cab lover will admire it, but on a personal note, this wine really speaks to me and is a real favorite of mine, and it was hard not to want to rate it even higher!
($70 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive

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