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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

GTi - It's back!! - Cabernet Sauvignon - 4/12/2010 - 4/25/2010

Original post by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 12, 2010.

It's time again to focus and share our collective thoughts on wine. I'm re-kicking off the GTi program with a Cabernet Sauvignon theme, right now.


I'm going to add a wine a day to this thread and you should to, within reason.


So ready, steady, go!

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Reply by penguinoid, Apr 21, 2010.

Looks like this has fallen quiet for the moment.

I just opened a bottle of 2002 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Cabernet Merlot. This is one that I was given late last year, my guess is that a wine like this probably wouldn't be considered worth cellaring. I note the De Bortoli website says (about the current, 2008, release) that it is "a wine made to consume now or cellar for upto 2 years"[1].

Because of this, I wasn't too optimistic as to how good it would be. Nonetheless, it seems to have survived reasonably well and was perfectly pleasant. I gave it 3 stars out of 5 on my review:

Nose: green capsicum, herbaceous, mint, some cassis maybe, prunes/dried fruit, oak (lots of oak!). Palate: capsicum, cassis, blackberry, mint. Sharp, fresh acid. Tannins chewy, but a little astringent and drying. 



Reply by penguinoid, Apr 21, 2010.

I just changed the rating to 2 and a half, after noting some of the other wines I had given three where ones I thought were better than this. I'm not a big fan of numerical scores, and in any case mine are rarely consistent. Oh well.

Reply by cigarman168, Apr 24, 2010.

Ristow Estate 'Quinta de Pedras Vineyard' Napa Cabernet Sauvignon  Hillside Vineyard Limited Production 2003

Opened it during dinner on 22 Apr. Black currants, berries, herb note with full bodies tannics and long after taste. It is creamy and comfortable acidity. Still can ageing for five to 10 years to reach its peak. My marking is 92 out of 100

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Reply by penguinoid, Apr 25, 2010.

Today I tried the 2004 Torres Gran Corona Cabernet Sauvignon I mentioned earlier. Interestingly, the guy in the wine shops seemed quite enthusiastic about the wine - he said that it was a really good wine. He mentioned that Torres is the biggest winery in Spain, and said they were "a bit like Spain's Penfold's" in that they are "big but good".

I wasn't so keen on it at first -- whilst it seemed good, it didn't seem to have much length or complexity. I put it aside for a little while, and maybe the air helped or maybe it was the chance to taste it again with less distractions, but I found my opinion was changed.

Anyway, here are my notes:

Nose: Jammy red fruit, leather, coffee beans, green capsicum. Palate: sour cherry, blackcurrant, leather, caramel, red capsicum, liquorice. Smooth, thick rich mouthfeel. Acid sharp and lively. Tannins firm but subtle, not overly drying. Long on palate. At first I wasn't so keen on this wine, but with air and with patience it has improved and become quite interesting.

Reply by Lucha Vino, Apr 26, 2010.

I had a bottle of 2007 Kamiak Rock Lake Red from Gordon Brothers this weekend.  This is a Bordeax Blend that is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon yet the character of the wine does not seem very Cab Like to me.  I still enjoyed this one and gave it three glasses.

Link to my review.

Reply by Lucha Vino, Apr 30, 2010.

I'm sticking to the cabs for the GTI.  Tonight I opened a bottle of 2007 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon.

I gave this one 3 1/2 glasses.

Reply by Lucha Vino, May 1, 2010.

Is anybody else out there drinking any Cabernets?  It would be great to read some more reviews.

Here is my take on a 2006 Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon.  Another nice cab from Washington state.  I am giving this one 4 glasses, slightly generous but 3 3/4 is not a rating option. :-)

Reply by hhotdog, May 3, 2010.

ok...i may have mentioned this in a different topic recently...Grayson cellars 2008 cab. sauv.lot 10!  hey, Parker gave it an 89?!  he also said it tastes like a $25-$40 cab!!  ok, i said "it taste like a $15-$20 cab."...what do i know...who's right?  lol.  hey, at about $10 a bottle an incedible everydayer at worst?  i like it and that was before Parker came up in the equation? i gotta say i love to prove Parker wrong when i can...not this time!?

Reply by Eric Guido, May 8, 2010.

2004 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville - No detailed notes but second time with this bottle and once again I'm very impressed. Once of the best values in cali cabernet. Very classy, black currants and floral perfume. The palate was elegant and smooth with a long finish. I wish I had more or at least the time to have really sat with this to get a better tasting note.

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