Dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays dark cherries to match the nose backed by some strong spicy and peppery notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins. The pepper eases as it breathes. The wine is a bit young. I would give it an 88-89. Sadly not in the LCBO.
From the winery’s Web site http://www.hahnfamilywines.com/wineInfoTemplate.asp?BrandID=14&WinesID=344
True to its appellation, the 2010 Cycles Gladiator Cabernet has the strength and power characteristic of wines from Lodi. A deep purple color supports a dense, black cherry dominated aroma. Cherry flavors continue to headline through to the finish, supported by lighter accents of plum, cola and cedar. A big, muscular wine, a weighty tannic structure make their presence felt throughout.
A show stopper on its own, this winewould pair beautifully with grilled bison hamburgers with stone ground mustard.
Varietal Composition 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Petite Sirah
Brix at Harvest 25-26.
Cooperage 40% New French Oak, balance neutral
Total Acidity 0.62 g/100 ml Total pH 3.90
Residual Sugar Dry Alcohol 14.5%
Release Date August 2011 Cases Produced 29355
Bottle Size 750 ml Suggested Retail Price $ 12.00 US