Wednesday, August 03, 2005

2002 d'Arenberg Cabernet Sauvignon "The High Trellis" (McLaren Vale, Australia)

An intense but sharp-elbowed wine. Nose has ripe grapes, bitter baker's chocolate, and sharply pungent dried leather scents, with a hint of eucalyptus. Lots of hard tannin in the mouth, overwhelming the fruit (which there is actually quite a bit of). Fairly long but bitterish finish. Needs a fatty red meat dish to counteract the hard tannin and help this wine "self actualize." Got it on sale for $14.79 at Cost Plus World Marketplace on Richmond. 80.

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