Appears bright cherry red with a darker plum coloured core. The nose shows liquorice and dark fruits, toasty oak with a chocolatey rum and raisin aroma with blackcurrant and stewed plum flavours.
90 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The portfolio begins with the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit for the wine is 100% estate grown with yields a modest 2 tons per acre. The wine was barrel-fermented and aged in French and American oak, 26% new. Dark ruby/crimson-colored, it offers complex aromas of cedar, violets, cassis, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied and smooth-textured, the wine has layered ripe flavors, excellent concentration, and a long, seamless finish.
91 Points - Robert Parker
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exhibits an inky saturated purple color as well as a glorious perfume of melted chocolate, crème de cassis, cedar, and espresso. Terrific texture, low acidity, and ripe, well-integrated tannin give the overall impression of a seamless, opulent wine.
The 2015 Felino Cabernet Sauvignon mixes fruit from Luján de Cuyo with some 25% from the Valle de Uco. It fermented in stainless steel tanks with full natural malolactic. Ten percent of the wine matured in new American oak barrels and was bottled one year after the harvest. This is very fruit-driven, fresh and clean, with very little influence from the oak, very drinkable and fresh. There's good purity of fruit, very fine tannins and a soft texture, avoiding any over-ripeness without sacrificing depth. I was impressed. They are picking slightly earlier and using oak more judiciously.
The Château Tour de Sarrail 2009 has a beautifully defined nose of blackberry, minerals and well integrated oak but it needs patience to unite in the glass. Medium-bodied, contained, focused, with well-integrated if prominent new oak towards its long finish.
90 Points - Jay Miller
There are 9,000 cases of the 2005 Explorateur Old Vines Shiraz (with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend). It was aged for 12 months in French oak and bottled unfiltered. Purple-colored, it displays reticent aromas of toast, scorched earth, tar, blueberry, and blackberry. Ripe and sweet, with some elegance, it has good depth, moderate tannin, and a medium-long finish. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar and drink it through 2020.
92 Points - Robert Parker
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a sexy, hedonistic, dark plum/purple-hued effort displaying a rich, sumptuous bouquet of cedar wood, liquorice, new saddle leather, dried herbs, and crème de cassis. This is Australia’s version of a hedonistic vintage of Lynch Bages that includes a Rhone Valley herbs de Provence note. Seductive, fleshy, and succulent.
92 Points - James Halliday
A rich, voluptuous medium- to full-bodied wine saying more about the region and the high quality vintage than the variety, but the French oak is well-handled.
This is a wine to buy because of the commitment of two of Burgundy’s greatest names: Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac and Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée Conti. Organically farmed, Saint Augusta is a selection of the best cuvées of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Offering attractive aromas of ripe black cherries, nutmeg and clove. The robe is rich and dark with chewy fruit. Everything is seamless and this is one of the best buys.
93 Points - Robert Parker
One of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons produced in South Australia is d’Arenberg’s Coppermine Road. The colossal 2001 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an opaque purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of lead pencil shavings intermixed with blackberry and cassis fruit, vanilla, Asian spices, and white flowers. Still primary and young, with great intensity as well as tremendous upside potential, it requires 5-6 more years of aging, after which it will last for two decades.
A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged several years in wood. Pleasing Pauillac-like nose of black currants, cedar wood, tobacco leaf, and spice box. The combination of eucalypt and blackberry/mulberry fruits are in complete harmony with the sweet cigar-box characters and ripe, juicy tannins. A sensational steal and profoundly brilliant at this price!
93 Points - Robert Parker
The 2002 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a sweet perfume of roasted herbs, black currants, blackberries, lead pencil shavings, and background oak. Full-bodied and structured, it is just a notch below the quality of the 2003.
The 2005 Etranger Cabernet Sauvignon contains 12% Shiraz. Opaque purple-colored, it emits aromas of cedar, spice box, tobacco, tar, espresso, black currant, and blackberry. Supple-textured, with excellent depth and breadth, a light tannin blanket, and a long finish, this flavorful Cabernet merits 5-7 years (tasted Oct 2007)of further bottle age and should provide pleasure through 2020.
This is a fabulous introductory level red from the legendary estate of Tenuta San Guido, most famous for their Super-Tuscan, Sassicaia. Freshly cut flowers meld into red berries in a juicy, expressive red that will drink well for the next few years. A soft, creamy finish rounds out this accessible and highly appealing red from San Guido. There is a lot to like here.
94 Points - James Halliday
Good colour; a potent mix of blackcurrant, blackberry and bitter chocolate supported by ripe tannins and controlled oak.
94 Points - James Halliday
Deep colour; abounds with blackberry, dark plum, chocolate and licorice fruit; restrained oak; delicious finish.
This is the second label of the Super Tuscan producer Ornellaia and is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is beautifully balanced and full-bodied with ripe black fruit flavours, a mouth-watering acidity and incredibly silky and refined tannins.
The Colonial Estate’s two flagship wines come from their own property. The 2006 Emigre is a blend of four vineyards and six grape varieties (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, and Muscadelle) with yields less than one ton per acre. The complex aromas include smoke, underbrush, mineral, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a full-bodied, layered, concentrated wine with spicy, savory flavors, good depth, and several years of aging potential. Drink it from 2012 to 2025.
International Wine Challenge: Gold Winner 2014
This Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy Winner is produced from a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from selected plots of vineyards averaging over 45 years of age and the time in the barrel is extended to 20 months. The nose is sophisticated and showing a whole host of dark red fruits. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and silky smooth in texture with a beautiful finish of dark fruits, wild strawberry and a touch of dark chocolate. Incredibly classy and will offer much enjoyment over the next 10 to 15 years...
International Wine Challenge: Bronze Winner 2012
94 Points - James Halliday.
Relatively light, although healthy, colour; the expressive, perfumed bouquet of cassis leads into a finely balanced and shaped palate, with cassis, redcurrant and plum all in play; the finish and aftertaste are particularly impressive.
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The composition of the blend is 30% Shiraz, 30% Grenache, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Mourvedre, with the balance Carignan and Muscadelle.
It offers a complex aromatic array of smoky oak, damp earth, pencil lead, clove, pepper, cassis, and blueberry. Supple-textured and very intense, the wine exhibits spicy red and black fruits, with hints of mint and chocolate in the background. It is layered, opulent, and long while maintaining its elegant personality. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it through 2025.
92 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown. (erobertparker.com)
Composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Shiraz, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 12 months in 60% new oak and 40% one-year-old oak, with 55% American and 45% French barrels. It presents a deep garnet color and aromas of black currant cordial, black cherry preserves and dried plums over spice box, cloves, pencil lead, toast plus a whiff of lavender. Very full bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, the generosity of spicy berry flavors is well supported by a medium to firm level of very finely grained tannins and very crisp acid, finishing long and layered. Drinking nicely now, it should cellar to 2019+.
95 Points - James Halliday
Fragrant cassis and blackcurrant fruit, with hints of spice and cedar; plush, mouthfilling fruit remarkable at this alcohol level; excellent tannins and oak. Date tasted 12 Aug 2007. Drink by 2020.
The deep ruby/purple-colored 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a restrained, elegant bouquet of black fruits, minerals, and toasty new oak. Medium to full-bodied, with excellent concentration, purity and texture.
91 Points - Robert Parker
Another sleeper of the vintage, the relatively evolved, elegant, complex 2008 Haut-Bergey offers up notes of smoked tobacco, cassis, cherries, licorice, Asian plum sauce and spice box. With abundant fruit, an opulent texture and an elegant style, this pretty, medium-bodied, richly fruity wine should drink well for 12-14 years. (Tasted May 2011)
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Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of currant, blueberry, mocha, dusty herbs and spices. Suave and seamless on the palate, offering a felicitous early balance of sweetness and salinity to its highly concentrated dark berry and licorice flavors. Finishes with rich, firm tannins and excellent length. Lovely wine.
92+ Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham offers the most saturated color. The aromatics feature Asian spices, violets, and incense along with expressive black fruits. Structured and tannic, bordering on austere on the palate, it is a muscular, brawny effort that will require 6-8 years of cellaring to become approachable.
92 Points - Lisa Perotti-Brown (erobertparker.com)
The 2008 Hickinbotham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has a very deep garnet-purple color and intense notes of black currant juice, Provence herbs, kirsch, chocolate, espresso, pencil shavings and iron ore. Full-bodied, very crisp and rich with a high level of fine tannins, it has a long coffee laced finish. Drink it 2012 to 2018.
93 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Sandown Vineyard is sourced from 75-year-old vines. Opaque purple-colored, it is super-fragrant with an enticing bouquet of smoky oak, scorched earth, tar, black currant, and blackberry. Opulent on the palate, it has gobs of fruit as well as enough structure to evolve for a decade. It should have a 25 year lifespan and a lengthy drinking window.
93 Points - Robert Parker
The 2005 Godolphin, a blend of 80% Shiraz (from 85-year-old vines) and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (from 60-year-old vines), was aged in 100% new oak, primarily 300-liter French hogsheads. It represents a beautiful marriage of power and elegance, displaying an inky/blue/purple colour as well as notions of black raspberries, blueberries, graphite, and sweet pain grille. Ripe, pure, and medium to full-bodied with sweet but noticeable tannin.
Decanter World Wine Awards: Gold Medal 2014
With a medium to deep garnet purple color, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon provides aromas of warm black currant and baked blackberries plus subtle hints of cloves and graphite. Medium to high acidity and a medium level of chewy tannins give structure to the full bodied palate, finishing long and a little warm. Drink this one now to 2018+.
93 Points - Robert Parker
A combination of 70% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot aged 18 months in wood (15% new), the 2002 Keyneton Estate boasts impressive intensity, richness, concentration, and aromatics (black currants, licorice, earthy spice, and a hint of wood). A beauty, with a meatiness to its richness and intensity, it should drink well for a decade or more.
Readers looking for the more ethereal, elegant side of Bordeaux need search no further than Cantemerle, one of the estates in the very southern end of the Medoc. Dense ruby/purple (nearly opaque), this wine offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, raspberries and black cherries. The wine is ethereal, medium-bodied, and by no means a blockbuster, but long and intellectual. However, the tannins are present, and the wine is certainly capable of putting on weight with time in the bottle. Give it 3-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 25+ years.
92 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon was 100% barrel-fermented and aged for 12 months in 75% new oak, 80% American, 20% French. Opaque purple-colored, it exhibits a fragrant, expressive perfume of toasty oak, vanilla, spice box, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a racy Cabernet, slightly lean, with intense black fruit flavors, good depth and concentration, and enough structure to support 8-10 years of development in the cellar.
92 Points - Neal Martin
The nose is reticent: blackberry, a touch of earth but damned hard to coax out from the glass. Dense blackberry palate, fine structure, good depth but tightly would and backward. Good stuffing, not showing much here but good potential down the line. Nice harmony and length. Drink 2013-2020+
As I indicated last year, quality has improved dramatically at this estate, and the 2006 is a quintessentially elegant Bordeaux displaying a dark ruby/purple color, a lovely bouquet of forest floor, sweet cherries, cranberries, and black currants, medium body, a textured, sweet, tannic mouthfeel, and a long finish. Everything is beautifully pure as well as perfectly balanced in this outstanding effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Excellent value.
The selection process under proprietor Bruno Borie is so severe at Ducru Beaucaillou that readers should be giving serious attention to the second wine, Croix de Beaucaillou, which sports a dramatic black and gold label. The 2011 exhibits attractive black currant and black cherry fruit, medium body, silky tannins and a lush, round, up-front appeal. Enjoy it over the next decade.
The 2005 Château Poujeaux has quite a pronounced undergrowth element on the nose, with blackberry, cedar and wet tobacco scents developing in the glass. The palate is rounded on the entry, a voluminous Poujeaux with fine tannin, crisp acidity and a judicious touch of white pepper and tobacco towards the finish.
Excellent value second wine from the famed Château Pontet Canet. This is fresher in style with red berry fruit and firm tannins. An early drinking style while one waits a decade for its big brother to mature.
92 Points - Robert Parker
A big time sleeper of the vintage and a terrific success for Fieuzal, the 2008 is a wine to buy given its realistic price. Dense plum/purple-colored with a soaring bouquet of blue and black fruits, unsmoked cigar tobacco, lead pencil shavings and spring flowers, it is a suave, savory, medium to full-bodied, remarkably silky, appealing wine to enjoy over the next 12-15 years. Bravo!
95 Points - James Suckling
A beautifully refined red with currant, spice and cedar character. Full body, fine tannins and a long and caressing finish. Drink or hold. Aged 18 months in new French oak and one year in bottle before release. 80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc, 5% merlot and 5% petit verdot blend.
This is quintessential Pauillac and the best Pedesclaux I have sampled from the estate in over 10 years. The palate is full-bodied with copious sweet ripe black fruit, marked by soft tannins and wonderful harmony and tension. This is undoubtedly an outstanding Pedesclaux which could get better?