Somewhat disappointing on first taste with vegetal asparagus notes, but patience is rewarded. Those unhappy nuances float away into the ether once the major alcohol (14.8%) dissipates, replaced by a nose of ripe blackberries and spices—a hint of anise, perhaps. Coats the palate nicely with soft tannins and chocolate and plum flavors. The finish is not overly impressive at first, but grows on you. In fact, this wine was even better the next day. Not out of place with a duck confit or even a cassoulet (once the weather gets chilly again). Highly recommended.

WHO: Plumpjack Estate
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
WHEN: 2008

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Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is a longtime professional journalist and onetime senior correspondent at the Voice of America who spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, including many of the world's wine regions. He served as wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, and has written about wine and spirits for Wine Spectator and other publications. Thomas now lives in Florida, where he continues to taste and write about wine and spirits for He describes himself as "ombibulous."

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3 Responses

  1. PlumpJack Winery


    Thanks for the kind review of the 2008 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet! Patience with this bottle will surly be rewarded. Let us know how it pairs with duck confit and cassoulet.

  2. Veronique Deblois

    Was surprised at how you started the review, but then you got it! I love Plumpjack cab and your description of ‘mouth coating’ is right on.