Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top 7 Cabernets Tasted 10/13

5. Two Hands Cabernet Sauvignon Sexy Beast Mclaren Vale (2011)

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Average price: $27.99 from 3 stores
Beefy and tight on the nose with a hint of cracked pepper accenting a slightly minty core of clear if small black fruit framed with coffee and lightly medicinal aromas. Ripe and rich in the mouth with lots of bright black fruit and nuanced sour plum, bitter chocolate and floral accent notes. There are some hard tannins here underpinning it all, and this has a lovely texture, rather broad but bright and a bit nervous in the mouth with a lovely flavor profile but it does drop off a bit quickly on the finish which is well endowed with woody tannins and shows some heat as well. The powerful structure here lends attractive austerity to the rich fruit, until of course the fruit fades away. Still there is this bitter cherry note on the finish that manages to stick around. Attractive and would show better with food. 91pts
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  • 1347763Keith Rector The only thing I agree with in the article is that you don't have to buy $30 or much less $40 Cabernets to get great wines. That price range only fits a very small group of wine buyers. Search out the $20 - $25 Napa Cabs that are not only great, but scores of 90+ pts. *Conn Creek Napa Cab. $17.99 *Franciscan Napa Cab. $17.99 *Simi Alex. V. Cab. $17.99 These are just a few of the outstanding wine specials I am buying now at my favorite Wine Store. Search & you will find.

  • 1297094winepusher Washington Cabernets are amazing in this price range. Abeja; Cougar Crest; Five Star; Sinclair Estates and Kiona Vineyards to name a few

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