Sunday, February 8, 2009

Evans & Tate Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005

Changes in ownership and distribution rights probably led to the close-out price of this wine--marked down from $21.99 to $10.99 at Sawall's Health Food Store in Kalamazoo and undoubtedly other locations across the country. That is an excellent price for a Margaret River wine.

I have found Margaret River Cabernets (such as Cape Mentelle) to have a cool climate elegance and fruit definition that is somewhat Bordeaux-like, and this wine fits that description well. The color is medium deep with good brilliance, but it's neither opaque nor purplish. Aromas come forward nicely with currants, blackberries, coffee oak and a hint of mint. The palate feel is particularly noteworthy--very ripe and smooth without noticeable tannins but good fruit concentration. This is a serious wine but one that can be enjoyed right now as well as five years from now. Berries and currants linger a long time on the finish. This is not your typical $10 Aussie red.

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