Friday, October 22, 2010

**+ $ Roo Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia, 2006 - Wine Tasting & Review (GOOD VALUE)

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Original Tasting and Review, opening thoughts: Roo Estates offers a line of value-priced wines from South Eastern Australia, produced by Salena Estate Wines.

By way of background: This is Roo Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Roo Cabernet is deep brick burgundy, moving towards opaque at the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Aussie cab shows dark and fruity charcoal fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are round and dark fruit smack-dab in the middle of your mouth.  Not too much on either front or back ends, though.  The finish comes on dark with the hints of charcoal, and wraps up quickly.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its easy drinkability.  Good value.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially-filled bottle:   Now brighter and inkier in its aromas.  The fruit is still there on the middle of the palate, but the dark charcoal has given way to a sleeker, more sophisticated minerality.  Almost brings to three stars, but just a hint too simple for me to return to this.

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