*92 Points, Robert Parker*
The Il Barone is dense and darkly pigmented, with subtle aromas of sweet oak and savory spices. The complex fruit aromas are evocative of black fruits -juicy currants, black cherry and blackberries. The 2008 Il Barone is a wine defined by lush flavors and supple tannins, with an enduring fruit focus on the finish. The palate is rich and well-structured, with just enough acidity to keep the lingering finish fresh and clean. Capable of long term aging.
A wax sealed bottle is a beautiful addition to your wine rack, but can be intimidating when it comes time to open it. This is easier than you may think! Simply plunge your corkscrew through the wax, as if it were not even there. Lift the cork slightly and wipe any wax crumbles from the opening. Pull the cork the rest of the way out and enjoy!
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91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
20 months in 60-gallon Nevers, Allier and Troncais French oak barrels
Cellar Tracker: May 2012 Jim G wrote: 92 points for 2008 Il Barone -- Friday, May 18, 2012 - Root beer, molasses, blackberry, and sweet toasted oak on the nose. This was just released and is tasting very nice already after only 30 minutes of decanting. In the mouth you can tell that the wine needs time, but bursts with flavors of blue and black fruit, hint of white pepper, and a silky almost velvety texture. Excellent tannins and good length and balance. This wine will age nicely for maximum benefit.
Cabernet Shootout, Affairs of the Vine 91 points in top 32 of 287 submissions
Food Pairing Notes
This big, bold Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will pair well with grilled or well sauced red or game meats, rich vegetables and dark chocolate.