A luminous ruby red, deep and near-opaque, with purplish highlights on the rim. The nose of 2008 Coniale, characteristically heady and insistent, opens to emphatic impressions of wild red berry fruit and spices, initially a complex mosaic of wild blackberry, blueberry, and dark cherry, plus dried plum and dates, further enriched with subtle notes of sweet violets and sweetbriar. Fine-grained, silky tannins, already well inserted into the structure, contribute to the ultra-smooth mouthfeel and overall sensation of warmth, while its vibrant acidity adds to the exquisite balance of all of its components. The almost-endless finish is laced with tasty, aromatic fruit.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2008 Coniale (Cabernet Sauvignon) is interesting in that it is a noticeably softer, smoother wine than the Merlot, which I did not expect. Sweet spices, cinnamon, plums, licorice and new leather are all woven together in this sumptuous, opulent wine. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the rich, powerful finish. The Coniale was aged in French oak barrels, one-third new. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024.