Winemaker notes from Allison Tauziet:
"The 2008 Cariad blend is composed of 54% Cabernet, 32% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc all from Madrona Ranch and 7% Petit Verdot from Thorevilos vineyard. In order to make the best blend year after year, we rely on our French consultant, Alain Raynaud, to give us his thoughtful insight. Slowly and meticulously we construct the blend together.
The 2008 vintage of our Cariad Red wine is savory straight out of the glass thanks to the old vine Cabernet. Dark aromas of barbecue rub, broiled steak and black licorice infuse the wine. The Madrona Ranch components of the blend bring a vivid gravel and mineral graphite quality to the wine. Nuances of musk and clove of the Petit Verdot add intrigue to the nose. This wine has a deliciously layered texture on the entry, yet to me it also has the structure of a great first growth. As the Cariad ages, its aromas in particular become more and more complex, so we recommend a minimum of 5 to 7 years of aging in the cellar. The wine will then age for 20 or more years."
We released 350 cases of the 2008 "Cariad" Napa Valley Red Wine in March 2012.