The most impressive wine of the entire tasting was the Barboursville Octagon 2010. Just to be clear, this was a library wine. The current vintage available at the winery is the 2015. However, the 2010 Octogon was drinking beautifully. When originally released it scored 91 in both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. Octagon is the poster child for the art of blending estate-grown Bordeaux varietals, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. If there were a category of First Growth wines for the east coast, Octagon would be one of the top five.
This wine was a big, deep dark dive into a stew of dark berries, dark cherries, blueberries, dark raspberries, and black currants. Layers of mocha and cedar and vanilla, end with a smooth finish. A wine of many layers and great complexity, truly balanced, it was an immense pleasure to drink.
Hats off the the folks at Barboursville once again.