Opulence and texture is the theme for this wine. The 2008 Transformation from the Jaffe Estate Vineyard opens with the generous aromas of a blackberry bramble and a fine chocolate. The texture makes an immediate impression with the broad and supple tannins extending from the entry to the finish. Yet, this wine retains a youthful edge that promises longevity. For the 2008, the Cabernet Sauvignon is more assertive with bold, opulent flavors of ripe cherry and black currant. The Merlot adds chocolate notes and lends a rounding sensation to the mid-palate while smoothing the tannins on the finish. As a result, this is a big wine that will impress with its accessibility. The finish is extended with a delightful suggestion of blackberry and red currant.
Winegrowers across Napa Valley met the challenges of a crazy weather year, harvesting fruit with incredible concentration which, by all accounts, is showing 2008 as a low-yielding, yet high-quality vintage from Napa Valley. Mother Nature may have lightened the load in the vineyard, but what's being revealed in the winery is very well structured, concentrated, elegant wines. After the fruit set, fewer clusters with smaller berries appeared to be the norm all around the Napa Valley. The dryness of the season produced less vine canopy, and allowed the vines to focus on fruit production. Fortunately, the summer season continued with cooler, consistent temperatures. While a lighter than average vintage, 2008 looks to be another where vintners and growers in Napa Valley will continue their well-earned reputation for excellence in the world of wine.