95-97 Barrel sample. A muscular wine, with well-defined tannins. The acidity is high, hiding the power and richness of the fruit behind. Then dark tannins come through, with other ripe fruits, finishing with a mineral character.
Like a lot of wines in this underrated vintage, the 2008 La Mission was one of the great bargains of recent vintages. Its healthy blue/purple color is followed by aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, licorice, truffles, underbrush and forest floor. The scorched earthy/smoky character of this estate’s terroir has not yet emerged. Medium to full-bodied and concentrated with good acidity, freshness and delineation, this is a big wine for the vintage, but also very classic in its balance of tannin, acidity and extract. It will benefit from another 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for three decades. The final blend was 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.
Fascinating aromas of crushed berry, plums, sweet tobacco and stones. Full bodied, with chewy and velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is very structured and rich with a bright and tangy acidity. Needs time to come together, obviously. Try after 2015.
Tangy and lightly firm, with cherry pit, pomegranate and blackberry notes, followed by sage and tobacco. There's nice focus, with a tarry hint for added length on the finish. Rather tight now, with the edgy feel holding sway, but this should settle into itself nicely enough. Best from 2013 through 2018. 5,300 cases made.
Mid crimson. Quite a light nose but lovely fresh tea and herbs on the palate. Real interest under here. This wine reveals itself successively via layers of flavour on the palate. Invigorating. Health juice. Lovely texture. Slightly dry on the end.
Wonderful vibrancy and lifted dark berry fruit. This wine is concentrated and intense but maintains its elegance and grace. Tannins are impressively managed with velvety texture and generosity. Very long finish with potential to age for decades. A very successful year for La Mission in 2008.~Jeannie Cho Lee tasted in 2009
Under the law of Hong Kong, intoxicating liquor must not be sold or supplied to a minor in the course of business.