This is a medium-bodied, well structured Cabernet that looks set to reward at least 3–4 years of cellaring. It already shows a complex array of flavors, ranging from coffee, leather and earth to plum, blackberry and dried spices. It just needs some time for the firm tannins to soften.
This flamboyantly aromatic Chardonnay has an appealing plumpness but also a solid backbone of acidity. Scents of hickory smoke and toasted grain are supported by ample tropical and citrus fruit, finishing long and lemony.
Roasted meat, floral notes, peppery spice...sounds rather nice. Add in silky tannins, hints of coffee and blueberry and a long finish, and you have a pretty wine at a realistic price. Drink now-2014.
Surprisingly firmly built, with crisp acids and firm tannins framing plummy, blackberry fruit and vanilla, cinnamon and clove notes. Good now with rare meats, or cellar through 2010 to round off today’s rough edges.
Looking for a friendly, accessible Cabernet at a realistic price? If you don’t mind substantial oak, West Cape Howe’s 2006 Bookends could be your answer. It delivers all of the cassis and tobacco notes expected from Cabernet, highlighted by obvious cedar and vanilla shadings. Drink now and over the next few years.
This wine shows some of the cool-climate notes associated with Western Australia and its maritime climate; green tobacco and other herbs intertwine with bright cassis fruit. At the same time, the fine quality of the tannins is evident in this wine’s velvety texture, which makes it a pleasure to drink. Best now–2017.
This is a good value in the plush superripe style of Cabernet that seems to be popular these days. The velvety mouthfeel easily carries bold vanilla and plum flavors over the palate, partly balanced by a savory-spicy element. Drink now.