2011 Leeuwin Art Series Cabernet
Margaret River, Western Australia
Red, red, red fruits, deep and rich and scrumptious with all the deftness typical of the finer Margaret River producers. As the wine opens, we also taste some light smokiness and warm breezes from the gum forests, but perhaps that was just the lovely mood induced by sipping this very yummy Cabernet.
95 JS; 93 ST; 94 JH
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$44.99 as part of a mixed case.
"A concentrated dark fruit spectrum with an abundance of ripe blackcurrants, cherries and a hint of cassis. Coffee bean, dark chocolate and black olives lie beneath. Subtle dustiness combines with a seductive violet lift, enhancing the varietal fragrance and increasing complexity. The mouthfeel is dense and layered with incredible texture. The generosity of the palate is carefully laced with a fine and structural acid line. Dark cherries and currants weave through smoky and mocha notes, finishing with long tactile tannins."
"An excellent vintage. 23 months in 100% French oak barriques (50% new). 13.5% alc."
"95 pts ... This is really a gorgeous bottle with subtle black currant, berry, spice, chocolate and cedar undertones. Full body, integrated tannins and a long and beautiful finish. So perfect now. Better in 2016. But why wait?"
"93 pts ... Inky ruby. Powerful smoke- and spice-accented aromas of ripe dark fruits, cured tobacco, vanilla and cedary oak, all lifted by a suave floral topnote. Stains the palate with concentrated cassis and cherry-vanilla flavors, with zesty acidity and a strong suggestion of peppery spices giving the wine lift. At once rich and lithe, this Cabernet finishes with strong thrust, a touch of smoky minerality and harmonious shaping tannins."
"94 pts ... Makes a fist at effortlessness. Supple blackcurrant and choc flavors glide into bay leaf and clove. Mid-weight but juicy. Builds a good amount of momentum as it rolls through the mouth. Shape, mouthfeel and length. Elegance is its middle name. Should mature well."
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