Robert Parker 95
Like a lot of wines in this underrated vintage, the 2008 La Mission was one of the great bargains of recent vintages. Its healthy blue/purple color is followed by aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, licorice, truffles, underbrush and forest floor. The scorched earthy/smoky character of this estate’s terroir has not yet emerged. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated with good acidity, freshness and delineation, this is a big wine for the vintage, but also very classic in its balance of tannin, acidity and extract. It will benefit from another 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades. The final blend was 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2047
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc. Prominent oak. Modern, forthright, sleek fruit. Dry but drinkable tannins. Really very dark and dense. Powerful. Massive. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2033