Thursday, July 28, 2011

2005 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot

Out shopping yesterday and came across a sale on the 2005 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend from the Margaret River area of western Australia.  Dinner was a small rib eye steak from the grill with fresh white corn and a salad.  While the steak was grilling we opened the wine.

Nice aroma that was a great balance between dark fruits and wood tannin.  Very fruit forward wine with a taste of black cherries, a little cassis, some dark plums and a hint of mint.  Medium body weight and mouth feel.  Wonderful fruit, wood tannin and acid balance.  Good length to the finish that ended with a mature, but not old, flavor of a well made wine.  Easily drinkable with food in that even though it was flavorful it wasn't overpowering.  Very good wine for the sale price.

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot.  14% alcohol and on sale $11.

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