Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateAbreu and Grimes have again hit the bull’s eye with the 2008 Madrona Ranch. It exhibits the tell-tale notes of black fruits, hot rocks, spice box, licorice, chocolate, and a hint of minerals in its forward, plush, opulent, flamboyant personality. Atypically exuberant and showy for a 2008 Napa Cabernet-based wine, it should drink well during its first 25 years of life.
Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateThe 2008 Madrona Ranch is slightly more restrained as well as the most tannic of these three vintages. This is not to say it is too tannic. Like all of Abreu’s wines it possesses remarkable intensity as well as abundant notes of incense, camphor and black and blue fruits, and a Bordeaux-like structural profile.