Other wines tasted: 2004 Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot Coonawarra. (Foster's Wine Estates Americas, Napa, CA)
($13) Bright straw. Pungent petrol- and citrus-dominated bouquet is bright and sharply focused. A light-bodied riesling with crisp lemon and lime zest flavors and clean minerality on the back. Finishes refreshing and dry, with the dusty citrus zest notes repeating.
($17) Pale yellow. Brisk scents of lime, lemongrass and pear, with a kiss of vanilla. Light in body, with precise, tangy citrus and orchard fruit flavors fleshing out a bit with air. Picks up a peachy note on the finish, which shows good spicy lift.
($18) Dark red. Smoky redcurrant and cherry aromas are accented by gentle mint, tobacco and camphor. Fresh and spicy, with medium body and tangy red fruit flavors firmed by youthful tannins. Crisp and energetic on the focused, persistent finish. This is an outstanding value in cabernet and it's widely available to boot.
($18) Ruby-red. Smoky plum and cherry preserve aromas are complemented by deeper dark chocolate and black tea accents. Sweet, slightly jammy dark berry flavors are firmed by dry tannins that turn a touch bitter on the back end. There's plenty of ripe blackberry and mulberry flavor here but I wonder if the tannins will loosen their grip any time soon.
($45) Dark red. Powerfully scented nose offers energetic red berry and cherry aromas, along with more exotic notes of smoked meat, cigar box, tobacco, pungent herbs and mocha. A chewy, youthfully fresh midweight, with sweet cherry and red berry preserve flavors reined in by firm but harmonious tannins. Expands with air, taking on a darker fruit character. The finish echoes with sweet cherry and spices. Put this one away for at least another five years, ideally more.