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2006 Thelema Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon The Mint Stellenbosch
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89(+?)? Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2009

($45) Red-ruby. Pungent aromas of mint and cedar. Juicy and high-pitched; even more restrained in the mid-palate today than the regular cabernet bottling, with an impression of brisk acidity; the mintiness of this single clone comes through loud and clear. Extremely closed today but conveys an impression of refinement. May be even longer than the regular cabernet, but will it be as satisfying? Both of these wines were aged in 45% new French oak.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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