Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review: **** $$ Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia, 2012 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Mollydooker is a line best known for its McLaren Vale shiraz-based wines.  But, in the past, I have given their cabernet sauvignon's excellent ratings from past vintages.  Today, we will sample the newly-released 2012 vintage.

Original tasting and review : This is Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia, 2012, finished at a robust 15.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from a half inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft and fragrant cinnamon fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh, spicy and sparkling bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated, a flush and bold spicy cinnamon, chocolate palate, bringing fleshy and lively fruit. Nice bright fruity acids tip up into your cheeks, but the sweet depth of the fruit holds on your tongue. Such lively essence, but distinctive versus more classical cabernet sauvignon.  Doesn't show the classic cedar from the region either.

In summary: Overall, rates a full four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value on the Spirit of Wine scale.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon.

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