Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: ***+ $$ Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2010 = GOOD VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon.

By way of background, opening thoughts: McLaren Vale is a southern Australia winemaking region perhaps best known for its range of potent, rich, often-ageworthy shiraz wines.  Today we will be sampling a cabernet sauvignon from a well-regarded producer in the region.

Original tasting and review : This is Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2010, finished at 14.9% alcohol.  Roughly one-fifth of the fruit was air dried before crushing.

In the glass: Deep burgundy, almost opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, racy, red fruit with a dark streak undercurrent.   From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy, deep and bright.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact rich and aromatically red with cherry cough medicine elements that are quite pleasant and compelling. Sweet finish hangs in with hints of charcoal, and a light acid bite that slowly closes.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

With a brief one-hour decant, shows softer and rounder on the palate, with added balance to the richness and a broadened depth.  Gains a plus with the decant, becoming a good value.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon.

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