Sunday, July 8, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$ Renegades Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia, 2007= BEST VALUE

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Renegades Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia, 2007, by Justin Ardill, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

Original tasting, February, 2011:

In the glass: Black magenta, opaque from about a half inch from the edge of the glass. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Clare Valley cab shows a bold, dark, inky violet streak.  Cocoa and plum flows along too. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a first note of the classic, thick, menthol-eucalyptus Australian red, but quickly followed by a balanced mix of tannins and acids carrying the perfumed red and dark berries along to the long finish. 

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

Following long decant, one day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Still a compelling, complex, inky and aromatic nose - top of the line!  The menthol has been tamed, with the potent, purple-tinged red berries coming through.  Finishes bold, sweet and tangy.

Updated review, about a year and a half later,  now five years from vintage date, July, 2012:  Deep dusty brick red now in the glass.  Soft bold ripe plums on the nose, with a slight touch of vegetable, but not gone old yet.  Milk chocolate too.  A full, flavorful sip that fills the palate with velvet soft perfumed blackberries.  Lasting and generous.   Hints of cocoa powder, chalk and red currants - these complexify things, bringing this to four stars and creating a best value in the process.

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