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  • 2008 Stefania Cabernet Sauvignon Crimson Clover - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Clara Valley (1/15/2011)
    Nose - smooth soft black currant with mint, smoke, thyme, cardamon and bay. Background notes of blueberry and guava.
    Smooth and juicy, with blackberry, dusty tannin, fudge, black currant, orange, minor heat, raspberry, blueberry, hints of thyme, bay, redwood, cinnamon and nutmeg. (91 pts.)

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Sure, had to be the first to post a note on this, right yhn? Razz

I got to taste this when we visited in October. No notes, but I also really liked it and made a mental note to buy when offered.
 
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Tasted this from the barrel last May and it was love at first sip. Now in bottle, it is just as impressive, if not even better. Could pass for a youthful Kathryn Kennedy Estate cab. The lush black currant fruit is so pure and focused, and the finish trucks on with a purpose. There is just something inviting and exciting about this wine. Amazing first vintage, from a vineyard that Paul & Stef rescued from overgrowth. My favorite Stefania wine yet, which is saying a lot! 95P
 
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Knew I should have gotten more... Mad


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I opened my first one this last week and I agree with Otis that this is a stunner of a wine. My note is on CT, I gave it 93 points.


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I get mine next week Smile - never had a Stefania so looking forward to it
 
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I get mine next week Smile - never had a Stefania so looking forward to it


You've had one....

Picked mine up yesterday. Can't wait to try in a couple of months.


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Tasted this from the barrel last May and it was love at first sip. Now in bottle, it is just as impressive, if not even better. Could pass for a youthful Kathryn Kennedy Estate cab. The lush black currant fruit is so pure and focused, and the finish trucks on with a purpose. There is just something inviting and exciting about this wine. Amazing first vintage, from a vineyard that Paul & Stef rescued from overgrowth. My favorite Stefania wine yet, which is saying a lot! 95P


Damn, Otis, that's a heady score! Like Berno, I should have bought more, too!


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Haggis: I'll save a bottle for us if you run out.

Like I said, it only takes one sip to know you are into something special with this wine. Very approachable and delicious in its youth, too. Always a bonus!

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I had the pleasure of trying this last night in the company of Paul and Stef and was very impressed. I can't say that my palate picked up all the nuances that yhn described in the first post, but it was very enjoyable and is drinking very well.
 
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For what it's worth, I happened to sit next to the sommelier from Alinea at a Chicago BYOB. I offered him some of this and he was quite impressed. Keep up the great work Paul and Stef!!
 
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Bottle was a big standout at the offline we had with Paul and Stef at our house not too long ago.
 
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We opened a bottle of this at the last minute last night to replace a horribly corked bottle of 2002 Insignia. A lovely wine, that would have benefited from a few hours of air had we only had the chance. At the end of the evening, this wine was singing. Wish I'd bought more....

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I get mine next week Smile - never had a Stefania so looking forward to it


You've had one....

Picked mine up yesterday. Can't wait to try in a couple of months.


Right, you mean the white, right? I was thinking more along the lines of red Smile
 
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I had the pleasure of trying this last night in the company of Paul and Stef and was very impressed. I can't say that my palate picked up all the nuances that yhn described in the first post, but it was very enjoyable and is drinking very well.


It's not showing the same to me now as it did then. To me right now it's too youthful and some of those notes are a bit hidden. I'm guessing a year or so will coax them back out.
 
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I get mine next week Smile - never had a Stefania so looking forward to it


You've had one....

Picked mine up yesterday. Can't wait to try in a couple of months.


Right, you mean the white, right? I was thinking more along the lines of red Smile


I thought I brought an '07 Uvas Creek cab to one offline, but there were many, many wines that evening.


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Over and over!
 
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I popped one of these open last night, and would echo a lot of comments made above - very approachable now and is my favorite Stefania yet. Loads of dark fruit, but doesn't go into the jammy/fruit bomb territory, and combined with a some chocolate/cocoa and a hint of oak make it delicious and smooth. I gave it 94 points and am looking forward to the remaining bottles.
 
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2008 Stefania Cabernet Sauvignon Crimson Clover - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Clara Valley (12/2/2011)

Opened by Allred at my urging last weekend. Dark purple color. 14.9% alcohol but not noticeable on the palate. This had an herbal quality that was very intriguing. Creamy black fruit with wet stone and currant notes. Not an overpowering wine. Excellent balance for being so young. The Red WOTN. The best Stefania I have had to date. 94 points.

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I'll say it again, I wish I had more.


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I'll say it again, I wish I had more.


+1. I really blew this one. Not good wine. Great wine.

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there may be 1 or 2 retailers in south florida with a case or two Wink
 
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Can you shoot me some details? purplehaze1956 at yahoo dot com....... Thanks!

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Just got the futures email for the 2009.
 
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Looks like it's time to pop another one. I've opened 2 so far and gave one away as a gift. Scored it 92 and 93 thus far. Maybe I'll bring one to the next offline for fun... -mJ


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