Year in and year out this is one, if not my favorite offering’s from Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck. A play on words, it pays homage to the Bordeaux varieties. In this offering it brings 40% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 15% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc.
You will hear, or read for that matter, me say that the 2008 vintage was a tough one for grape growing, but here, Shinn Estate Vineyards 2008 Wild Boar Doe ($30) shows how hard work in the vineyard will bring in great fruit for a winemaker to blend together and make a delicious wine.
On the nose I was picking up notes of blackberry, raspberry, plum, cherry and hints of blueberry. Earthy and spicy — you pick up notes of clove, nutmeg, dried herb and fresh cracked peppercorns. There are some floral notes, like dried lavender and violets. It was hard for me to take my nose from the glass.
On the palate a mélange of berries leads the way, some dried and some baked. There is an element of cassis, earth and spice with a hint of cedar and tobacco.
The wine is packed with chewy tannins and delicious, mouth-watering acidity. A food friendly wine that works perfectly with grilled meats and grilled veggies.
The finish brings a bit more spice than fruit and the fruit element is along the lines of cassis.
Back in March of last year when I went to the Annual Shinn-Dig Futures dinner, I had declared this to be the best Wild Boar Doe to date. I think my notes from then still stand up. You can read more about it and the event here.