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For most of the 20th century, Cabernet remained the world’s most widely planted premium red wine grape until it was surpassed by Merlot in the 1990s. As a variety, it has been around only since the 17th century. Scientists have concluded that this is the product of a chance crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc probably in the Bordeaux region. It is grown in most of the world’s viticultural areas mostly due to the hardiness of the thick skinned grape and its resilient vines. Of course, there is Cabernet and there is…other Cabernet. It can be made in the fruity rosé style that will begin our tasting event, yet in many manifestations up to and including magnificently majestic.
2011 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, South Africa
LIST PRICE 11.00; OUR PRICE 9.99
To achieve the desired color on the free run juice, the grapes were cold-macerated. After settling in tank, the juice was racked and inoculated with yeast cultures for fermentation. After fermentation the wine underwent lees contact, a light fining and filtration before bottling. The wine shows a lovely, bright and clear pomegranate color and has complex layers of strawberry, cherry, roses and fresh peaches on the nose. It has a nice, spicy and slightly peppery taste on the palate and is well balanced with a fresh long aftertaste.
2008 Flinders Run Shiraz Cabernet “Little Flinders”, Australia
LIST PRICE 16.00; OUR PRICE 9.99
This very nice wine received 89 points from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar “A complex bouquet displays scents of raspberry, kirsch, blood orange and dried flowers. Juicy and incisive, offering lively red and dark berry flavors and good spicy cut. The blood orange note repeats on the finish, which is very precise and quite persistent. It received another 89 points from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: “this is a blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in oak for 18 months. Purple in color, this full-bodied wine has an excellent nose of spice box, violets, black cherry, and blueberry. Dense and surprisingly rich for its modest price, it is not complicated but offers plenty of enjoyment. This wine is unfined, unfiltered and uncentrifuged, so it is best to decant from the sediment or pour carefully.
2009 Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, Napa & Lake Co.
LIST PRICE 20.00; OUR PRICE 16.99
Lake County (12%) contributed ripe fruit and a generous mouthfeel and viscosity to the overall blend. Sonoma County vineyards (48%) supplied jammy dark fruits, and Napa County vineyards (40%) established the foundation for structure and density to support Sonoma County’s fruit forward characteristics. The wine displays aromas and flavors of plums and blackberries, with layered notes of mocha, toasted pound cake and roasted nuts. It has good complexity and an aging potential up to 3 years for maximum enjoyment.
2004 Broman Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa
LIST PRICE 32.99; OUR PRICE 19.99
The blend consists of 40 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon from the gravelly Dr. Crane Vineyard in Saint Helena and 60 per cent Cabernet from the gently sloping Georges III vineyard in eastern Rutherford. This wine was aged in French oak for 30 months. It is nice now, with fully resolved tannins making the wine softly creamy in the mouth. The fruit is beginning to fall out, leaving a dry herbaceousness to the departing blackberries and cherries, which are fusing with the sweet vanillins of the oak. Shows real elegance of structure, but should be consumed in the near future. Great buy.
2008 Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserva, Chile
LIST PRICE 20.00; OUR PRICE 18.50
This Cab offers prominent cherry and blueberries aromas with soft hints of chocolate and toffee. On the palate, the wine is concentrated and perfectly balanced with soft, ripe and velvety tannins. Lovely flavors of dark fruits mix with notes of coffee, smoke and truffles. The final is long and lingering. It received 91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
2006 Tait Cabernet Sauvignon, Basket Pressed, Barossa Valley
LIST PRICE 32.95; OUR PRICE 25.00
Rating: Robert Parker: 90 Points: “The 2006 Basket Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 15 months in 10% new French oak and the balance seasoned American oak. It is purple/black in color with an enticing bouquet of toast, scorched earth, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate, this behemoth is full-bodied (16.3% alcohol), layered, corpulent, and mouth-filling. It lacks complexity but not flavor and should drink well for another six years.”