Barossa Valley, South Australia; 14.5% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 14 Dec
This wine somehow seemed promising, and indeed, it’s delicious. It’s pretty good from first pour, but smooths out a bit after about half an hour in a decanter. The wine shows ripe fruit of dark purple cherry and plum, black earth / pepper, a little tar, and red cherry, with plenty of balancing acid of cherry and plum. My only caveat about it is that the wine is quite dry and the acid is a little stronger than most North or South American reds, so it didn’t seem go as well with foods that are a little sweet, and might unpleasantly surprise some folks. After 2:15 or so of air, the wine develops a little earthy aged complexity. I think it’s very good for the price.
A couple other things: First, bin5 reviewed the CATP 2009 “Fat Cat” (a Cabernet – Shiraz blend) here. Second, there’s also a CATP 2010 Barossa Valley Cabernet around for the same price. If anyone tastes it, please add your thoughts on it here, as I probably won’t get to it.