Yesterday was my birthday and Easter, so Moxie took us all out to our local Melting Pot for some Fondue. I had a quick look at the wine list and immediately knew I was ordering this bottle. I had previously tasted the 2008 Octagon at the vineyard and was impressed, so when I saw a $50 (at retail) bottle selling for only $72 I knew I was getting a great deal at restaurant pricing.
One word. Stunning. On the nose was a mixture of plums, cherries, oak and an earthy note. Dark purple in color. I was excited to taste this one and was not disappointed. A classic Bordeaux blend comprising Merlot, Cab Sav, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. It tasted just like I imagined it would; cassis, plums, dark cherry, earth and a touch of cedary wood. Very smooth and integrated tannins made this an amazing wine to savor and the acidity was so well integrated that I made a note ‘sublime acidity’ on my phone. The wine did not last long as I could not help myself. It went well with all the dishes of cheese, beef, shrimp with curry sauce and chicken cooked in Coq au Vin broth.
Yes, $50 is spendy for a bottle of wine. Take into account the situation, the mood and what you are getting for this 92 point wine that I am giving 5 stars to. I would recommend drinking this wine from 2014-2020, and I reckon it will evolve nicely in that time frame. It was a magical day of Church, Brunch, afternoon nap followed by a great family dinner and this amazing wine was the crowning touch. Salut….