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2008 Ovid US Red Blend "Proprietary Red Wine"

Winery: Ovid

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Proprietary Red Wine"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot & 3% Petit Verdot

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $185

Cases produced: 500

KWG Score: 94.7 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)

Review date: October 2, 2012

Wine Review: This Excellent red blend from the 2008 vintage was one of my favorite wines at a recent tasting that I attended. This slightly opaque and dark colored wine opens with a new leather, black cherry and cassis bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, silky and smooth. Its complex flavor profile is a blend of really tasty black cherry with nicely integrated oak, plum, and black raspberry. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are a little sticky and linger slightly. This wine would pair very nicely with a filet mignon with hollandaise sauce. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2008 OVID NAPA VALLEY is imbued with the sense of accumulation and abundance characteristic of the vintage. DEEP, rich layers of red fruit, Cloves, blueberry, sage and GINGER abound, intensely expressed. YET the wine retains the pleasing balance that has always been at the HEART of our winemaking. Its steady structure , combined with smoothly POLISHED TANNINS, make for a wine that is both immediately appealing and ONE THAT will reward cellaring for 15 - 20 years.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Ovid 2008.

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