2008 Forefather Wines Lone Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Mission Codename: The Bordeaux Ranger
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Send Agent Red to Forefather Wines, the Healdsburg, California winery of Yolyn and Nick Goldschmidt, where Nick crafts the extraordinary Lone Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Secure an ample allocation for our well-deserving Operatives.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Alexander Valley Vineyards
Wine Subject: 2006 Alexander School Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Nick Goldschmidt
Backgrounder: The Alexander Valley, in northeast Sonoma County is located on the western side of the Mayacamas range, extends westward to the edge of the Russian River Valley. This appellation was formerly considered a part of Dry Creek Valley but became its own appellation in November 1984. The region is best known for exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.
Nick Goldschmidt is well-known to our Operatives, by now, as we’ve featured more than a half dozen greats from him in recent years. Our latest feature, a stunning 93-Point Cabernet, set sales records. We love Nick and his wines. One sip of today’s spectacular single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and you’ll be a fan, too.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Deep, dark ruby with a dense, darker, slightly opaque heart. The color is evenly concentrated, from the core right out to the very edge of the glass. After a good swirl, the wine settles quickly, leaving behind tall, skinny, wine-stained legs that move very slowly down the glass.
Smell – Aromatic and sweet with spiced blackberry, black cherry and anise leaping from the glass. Beneath these, dark raspberry, sweet tobacco, cigar box, dark chocolate, dried fall leaves and leather beautifully round out the nose.
Feel – Initially soft and smooth, the wine quickly gains weight and dimension, becoming grippy, plush and full-bodied. A crush velvet feel appears, accompanied by a grippy tannins and a spreading dryness that starts at the center of the palate and radiates outward – until lips and cheeks a dry.
Taste – Rich, layered and bold, with concentrated flavors of black cherry, spiced blackberry candy, tobacco leaf, dark plum, cocoa powder, dried fall leaves, brown spice and dark leather.
Finish – Very long and very flavorful, sweet and then softly tart as fruit flavors slowly transition into more earthen flavors of spice, leather, dried leaves and cocoa. At the very end, black pepper accompanies a soft slate mineral dryness.
Conclusion – This is a truly fantastic wine! And, at today’s price, we encourage you to stock up. Once again, Nick Goldschmidt blows us away with his winemaking prowess. His 2008 Forefathers Lone Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a true Alexander Valley gem. Bold but balanced, this wine delivers a powerful, concentrated, full-bodied drinking experience that is full of flavor, deep aromatics and plenty of character. We’ll be stocking up on this wine, which will certainly continue to improve over the next decade. Pair this food friendly wine with a hearty steak or a herb-rubbed grilled chicken.