Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Updated Rating: *** $ Longchase Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2009 - Wine Review (BEST VALUE)

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Initial review, by way of background, January, 2011: This is Longchase Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2009, finished at 12.% alcohol.   It is an sampling provided by the Wine Insiders service, and is a California Wine Club Selection.

In the glass: Longchase is medium magenta, with a candy purple rim.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, this value-priced Cali cab shows aromas of oak and purple-highlighted musky bright fruit.  Bright, sweet, but not candy-ish. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a full, rich, fruity but still balanced and adult palate.  Surprisingly deep, sweet and griping in light of the aromas.  A nice tannin edge circles the fruit, and light sweetness and acids also help the flavors linger nicely.

In summary: Overall, a very friendly wine with some layers that rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value.
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Updated review, over a year later,   April, 2012:  Consistent color and aromas.  Remains a nicely layered and balanced mid-red with a pleasant, smoky sleekness.


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