Wine Review: Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Ghost Pines

Springtime is in full bloom, and though I am getting ready for the Pinot Gris, Rioja, Chardonnay and Vino Verde’s, I am still digging my heavy reds. I picked this wine up sometime ago, and I am glad I did. The wine, as you can see from the label, is made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Napa and Sonoma and is a definite treat. The wine has a wonderful aroma to it of chocolate and blackberries and a beautiful garnet color to it. Swirling it around the wine glass, the legs are magnificent and I am looking forward to my first sip. Right from the first sip, you are hit with blackberries, vanilla beans, and dark cherries. It is very round but very full bodied leaving lots of tannins on the aftertaste. It is a beautiful Cabernet, and the fact that it has grapes from Napa and Sonoma is a strength. I would say this is very comparable to expensive Napa Cabernet’s and at a fraction of the price. I give this wine a 92, and was tempted to have it be one of my favorite new wines, but the Naughty Racy and Montelena Zinfandel still outdo it. For you Cab fans out there, go and get it, but a bunch of bottles and throw some in the pantry somewhere. Reading the back of the label you also get to find out where the Ghost Pines name comes from. Louis P. Martin bought the winery in 1968 and it was 178 acres in eastern Napa. Supposedly at dusk, the native gray pines look ghostlike. They hover, solitary, throughout the coastal valley.

Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2008