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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 24 
ProducerCaldwell (web)
VarietyRed Blend
DesignationRocket Science
SubRegionNapa Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2021 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 34 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Tonythefish on 10/23/2015 & rated 91 points: See prior notes (116 views)
 Tasted by Tonythefish on 9/24/2015 & rated 90 points: A real chocolate bomb with lots of fruit and decent finish. HB favorite (301 views)
 Tasted by V cellar on 7/10/2015 & rated 91 points: drinking well. Bold flavored of dark fruits. Excellent finish. (102 views)
 Tasted by corkscrews on 5/29/2015 & rated 91 points: Similar to last note, in a great drinking zone. www.winelx.com (503 views)
 Tasted by Tonythefish on 12/27/2014 & rated 89 points: Ok but not as good as 2006 (877 views)
 Tasted by Tonythefish on 11/12/2014 & rated 89 points: See prior notes - I don't think this has a 10 year drinking window - really nice now and for 1-2 more years (1043 views)
 Tasted by Tonythefish on 6/8/2014 & rated 90 points: Not as much chocolate as 2006 or 2007, but still very easy to drink and enjoy (1716 views)
 Tasted by Tonythefish on 7/20/2013 & rated 90 points: Chocolate goodness (2727 views)
 Tasted by Tonythefish on 6/7/2013 & rated 90 points: Lots of chocolate - great with brownies (2631 views)
 Tasted by Tonythefish on 4/7/2013 & rated 92 points: A chocolate bar in a glass - and I dont even like chocolate. Smooth well rounded wine with vanilla and coffee overtones, but the chocolate comes through big time. John Caldwell success once again (2480 views)
 Tasted by Jab_343434 on 2/20/2013 & rated 91 points: Great bottle of wine. Drinking well. Needs about a half hour to open up. (2606 views)
 Tasted by Suss on 1/29/2013 & rated 92 points: Nice blend and fun bottle! (2282 views)
 Tasted by Jasonbaker75 on 11/30/2012 & rated 100 points: I am a big fan of everything John Caldwell puts out. I saw this on the menu and I had to have it. Unfortunately at $117 a bottle I think I overpaid. That's what I get for ordering Napa wines in Texas. (1830 views)
 Tasted by ltadd on 11/18/2012 & rated 85 points: Very enjoyable fruity full bodied wine (1583 views)
 Tasted by corkscrews on 4/8/2012 & rated 90 points: Caldwell Vineyard-Rocket Science-Proprietary Red-Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Tannat-Petit Verdot-Napa Valley-California-2008-$39.98-A nose of dark fruit and spice, dark garnet in color. A full bodied kitchen sink blend, with blueberries, black currants, herbs and white pepper, finish of dusty chocolate and spice. This is the fifth vintage I have tried, all have been very good, cool bottle design. (2237 views)
 Tasted by Tonythefish on 3/17/2012 & rated 89 points: Nice wine to finish evening with - hints of cocoa and dark chocolate with a new rounded finish (2060 views)
 Tasted by joshwoodward on 7/25/2011 & rated 93 points: Vanguard (Columbus, OH): Concentrated, red sweet tart, tannic, delicious. $48 (3093 views)
 Tasted by bigdomer on 7/9/2011 & rated 90 points: Shockingly better than remembered when tasted at Caldwell last spring. Great blend. (2301 views)
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2008 Caldwell Rocket Science

Blend: 47% Syrah, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 4% Tannat, 3% Petit Verdot.

Red Blend

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Napa Valley

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2013 Vintage Notes:
"Napa Valley and virtually all of the North Coast of California (which obviously includes Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well) has been on a qualitative tear since 2012. 2012 was a great vintage for nearly every varietal in North Coast California, but what is even more remarkable is that 2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines." - Robert Parker

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