Friday, December 28, 2012

Updated Review: ***** $$$ Hundred Tree Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002, Victoria, Australia - BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Hundred Tree Hill Cabernet Sauvignon.

By way of background:  Hundred Tree Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002, from Victoria, Australia, includes 15% cabernet franc in the mix.

Original review, September, 2008:

In the glass, it is very deep burgundy, almost opaque.

Aroma is a bright, eucalyptic cabernet, reasonably deep, but seeming to be somewhat alcoholic (true alcohol level is 14% - high for cab, but not out of the range for Australia).

The palate does bring an inky sweet black fruit to the fore, chased by a tasty bright edge that crawls up the sides of your mouth.

The finish is long, somewhat charred and still alcoholic.

But interesting overall, and could even use more time than the 6 years already in the bottle. Three stars out of five.

Updated review, over three years later, now a full decade from vintage date, January, 2012:  Very consistent color.  Aroma now brings an intriguing old-world pleasant funkiness (barnyard, not oxidation) to the mix.  Compelling.  Sweet black fruit remains on the palate with a wonderful old-world aromatic overlay.  Stunning now.  Finish is both bright and deep, sparkling in your cheeks all the way.  Five stars.  Hundred Tree Hill is now absolutely at its peak, a decade from being grapes on the vine.  Teeth-shattering best value. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: More subtle nose.  Palate stays consistent. Following even longer decant, four days kept cool in partially filled bottle: This has held incredibly consistent for the long stay in air.

Updated review, almost another year later, late December, 2012:  Consistent color and intense barnyard-in-a-bottle aromatics.  Still a stunning blend of old and new, funky and boldy friendly, deep and piercing.  Wonderful find.  The 14% alcohol from this 2002 vintage serves the wine well.  Later vintages are a bit lighter.

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