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91 • Glen Eldon 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley $27.
Inky purple black color. Chocolate wafer, cassis jam, suede, sweet spice, and olive tapenade aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with black cherry and toffee notes. Finishes with a long, decadent tangy berry, apple, and nut fade. A nicely balanced show style cab that will pair nicely with spicy Latin beef dishes. (tasted on Jan-19-2009)
91 • Thorn Clarke 2007 Terra Barossa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley $14.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of orange chiffon, black cherry, cola nut, wax, and white toffee follow through on a soft, supple entry to a fruity-yet dry medium-to-full body with layers of spice, rhubarb, and nuts. Finishes in a juicy refreshing fade with balanced tannins, gum ball, and wet cedar notes. A racy crowd pleaser (tasted on Jan-19-2009)
89 • Coriole 2006 "Redstone", Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale $20.
Deep garnet color. Black raspberry creme brulee, five spice, and currant aromas follow through on a juicy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with tangy apple skin and cocoa notes. Finishes with a crisp, nutskin tannin and vanilla bean fade. (tasted on Jan-20-2009)
88 • Step Rd. 2006 "Blackwing", Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia $14.99. Best Buy.
Garnet violet color. Chocolate, waxy apple, glue, papyrus, and berry pudding aromas follow through on a soft, breezy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with tangy baked tangerine and spice notes. Finishes with crisp, mouthwatering finish. A nice sipper. (tasted on Jan-19-2009)
87 • Jacob's Creek 2005 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia $12.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Currant jam, spicy apple tart, cocoa, and sandalwood aromas follow through on a silky, round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with nice depth and fruit and nut chutney fade. A solid pleasant cab. (tasted on Jan-19-2009)
87 • Thorn Clarke 2006 "Shotfire", Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley $23.95. Cellar Selection.|Find-a-Wine|
Opaque garnet violet color. Blackberry, sandalwood, honeycomb, and olive skin aromas follow through on a soft, supple entry to a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with wet slate and brown apple notes. Finishes with a tart blackberry and pithy tannin fade. Give this some time. (tasted on Jan-19-2009)