Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review: *** $$ Abby Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State, 2008 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Washington State is a place to keep watch on for cabernet sauvignon.  Let's try a value-priced offering from the region.

Original tasting and review : This is Abby Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State, 2008, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Purple-tinged deep magenta, almost opaque at the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft, yielding deep plum fruit with a hint of oak.  From the aroma, seems like this will be young but deep.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact dry, tannic fruit, elements of dry plum, raspberry and blackberry peeking through.  Monastery-like dryness, but not unpleasant. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, mostly because it seems to have a grown-up structure, though wanting some air or age to let its fruit come out and play.

Following long decant, three hours in flat-bottomed decanter:  Consistent aroma.  The palate does bring forward some lanky but slightly sweeter plum fruit than before.  More attractive, though still not compelling.  And even longer decant, three days kept cool in partially-filled bottle:  Consistent soft nose.  Now the palate shows a lush softness, too, bringing fruit along with the aromatics.  Gets an additional plus for pleasantness with the long decant, and becomes a good value.

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