The youthful 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, and the rest Petit Verdot) has a dense ruby/purple color and slightly more closed aromatics, but the hallmarks of purity, intensity, and ripeness are all present. It has a nice hint of graphite and vanilla, but seems quite young and backward. Give it another 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 20 years.
An impressive discovery during my sojourn in Northern California were these wines from Patel.
- Robert Parker (December, 2010)
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We adhere to strictest quality standards. From the vineyard, the clusters are all hand-sorted, 100% de-stemming, the berries are again hand sorted, berry by berry. After three to five days of cold pre-fermentation in small open-top fermenters, we start fermentation by adding yeast. Four to five weeks later the fruit is gently pressed and moved to barrel where it finishes the remaining secondary fermentations. The wine continues to the carefully age in new French oak barrels from artesian French Coopers. To assure proper aging we age our wines for about eighteen to twenty months in a combination of rare barrels from Ana Selection and Darnajou. After many blending trials, the wine is bottled, unfine and unfiltered.
Winemaker Kian Tavakoli has clearly displayed his talents and his belief in quality without compromise approach. Our goal at PATEL is and always will be, to produce beautiful wines of outstanding quality, with distinction and elegance. Our goal is to make wines that are both “powerful and elegant” and pair well with a broad range of foods. Our Cabernet Sauvignon has the style and quality that are with par wines from the great ‘Left Bank’ region of Bordeaux, France.