This one came on my radar as a pretty good deal. A 90 rated wine below $20. This is a lovely cab. Slightly different than a California cab. Plenty of deep rich black berry flavors. The finish on the wine is on the lighter side of medium. Oaks are well under control. Out of the bottle, the wine had a slight bit of harshness. This is a 14% wine so it is no mild wine by any standards. 1 hour in my trusty decanter took care of it and left a lovely wine. I paired this with a pork tender loin and it went well. Before we knew it the bottle was gone! You could sip this wine, but it is a bigger wine. Not the kind you would sit on the patio sipping. There is no pepperyness on the finish as Aussie’s can sometimes have in their cabs. If had to give it a number I would say it is an 89 or so. I have not idea how well this would age. It’s missing the bold tannins that I associate with an aging wine. I would say this is more of a “drink now” kind of wine. And why not!
From the LCBO web site:
ALKOOMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 Frankland River Western Australia TASTING NOTE: Ruby-red. Vibrant red- and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by musky tobacco cedar and underbrush very cabernet. Bitter cherry and licorice add firmness to the sweet berry flavors with dusty tannins contributing grip. The tannins gain strength on the finish but the wine maintains freshness and a sweetly seductive personality. Score – 90. (Josh Raynolds International Wine Cellar July/Aug. 2008) 904227 $17.95 Featured 5/2/2009
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