lördag 14 januari 2006

Cabernet från världens alla hörn

Jag la upp gårdagens provning som ett tasting event i Cellar Tracker, därav den knaggliga vinengelskan: http://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp?iEvent=988

A hastily gathered assortment of wines of different Cabernet Sauvignons from around the world (and a fortified Shiraz to the cake).

2004 San Cristóbal Cabernet Sauvignon - Cuba, ~50 kr Color: watery violet; Nose: boiled strawberries and moist tobacco; Taste: watery, no tannins, quite short and overripe, some spice and tobacco. Well, my first wine from Cuba, might also be the last. (65 pts.)

2001 Rosemount Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Show Reserve - Australia, South Australia, Coonawarra, 200 kr Lots of minty eucalyptus, actually a little too much, think "After Eight", black currants, spicy herbs; quite tannic, dark berries, some oak and liquorice. A food wine. (86 pts.)

1990 Château Lynch-Bages - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac, ~300 kr (inköpt 1992) This bottle had not survived 13 years in The Closet of Death, therefore not rated. Under a veil of wet cellar scent there were weak traces of coffe, leather, barnyard and cedarwood. Spicy, with a grassy, greatly diminished Bordeaux-taste and, unfortunately, some used tea-bags. What a pity.

2002 Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Alta Uxmal and Domingo Vineyards - Argentina, Mendoza, 275 kr Buttery, oaky but still fresh Cabernet scent; minty, tannic, coffee, dark berries, a bit of alcohol shines through. Long, but a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Not really worth it's price. (85 pts.)

2001 Vergelegen V - South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch, 675 kr A superb leafy warm cassis fragrance, complex with lots of chocolate, coffee and spice. Extremely tannic, full, rich young bordeaux taste with warm red berries and tobacco. Everlasting grand aftertaste. Very good with a lamb steak today, but is still too young and will most likely get even better with some age. (93 pts.)

N.V. De Bortoli 8 Year Old Barrel Aged - Australia, South Eastern, 159 kr Oaky vanilla, caramel, strawberry icecream, and some good old-fashioned tawny scents. This wine tastes lika a sweet barrel aged Shiraz, which is exactly what it is. Very tasty (but only when chilled, gets flabby when it gets warmer) and should go down well with your relatives visiting for Christmas. (89 pts.)

With the Lynch-Bages out of the competition, the 2001 Vergelegen V was clearly the best wine of the bunch. Cuba still has a long way to go.

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