Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wolf Blass President's Selection South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000

Wolf Blass wines are usually a bit oaky for my taste, but I couldn't resist this President's Selection Cabernet at a closeout price of $6.99 at Harding's Markets in Kalamazoo. The President's Selection is a step up in quality from the widely available Yellow Label that sells for about $10 a bottle. The fruit comes from well located vineyards in McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Barossa.

Medium deep ruby, very good color for an 11-year-old Cabernet./ The bouquet is classic Aussie Cabernet--black currants, coffee oak, very ripe. Big and powerful but not clumsy./ Sweet upfront, then some wood tannins on mid-palate and ripe curranty fruit on the finish. The oak is well integrated, creating a very appealing coffee/chocolate impression. I get a very slight herbaceous streak that might become more noticeble with a few more years in the cellar; I'd prefer what it offers right now.

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