Meerlust Red Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch Rubicon 1997
The 1997 Rubicon is impressive at first glance. It is nearly opaque, with saturated ruby-purple color, like all Rubicons. Color this dark signals a very ripe year where the vines worked continually up to the hour of harvest, packing as much color and flavor and sugar into the grapes as possible. The aroma of the 1997 Rubicon is classic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon with the character of black cherries and violets. Though aged in 75% new French Oak barrels, the contribution of the wood is amazingly integrated and supports the fruit aromas rather than making them. On the palate, the concentrations of the 1997 harvest are best described as a viscous, sweet black cherry flavor and a dark chocolate and rum raisin note. The lengthy finish is true to the late September harvest, which produced impressive, powerful tannins that will soften with time in the bottle. What is so impressive about great vintages is their early appeal for their fresh charm and forward fruit, but also the rewards of patience an additional ten to fifteen years of bottle age can bring.
External Reviews for Meerlust Red Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch Rubicon
Sleek and sophisticated, rich and sharply focused, loaded with complex, concentrated currant, black cherry, mocha, toasty oak and chocolaty flavors. Finishes with thick, well-integrated tannins... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1997 Rubicon Estate (Niebaum-Coppola) Rubicon 750ml