Original tasting and review : This is Sharpshooter Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2004, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled 11 years from vintage date, in January, 2015. This is a blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon with some merlot and cabernet franc blended in.
In the glass: Medium brick/magenta.
On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft but bright red fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet and flavorful.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact gentle and delicate with red fruits, almost carrying more of the mouthfeel of a pinot noir than a cabernet sauvignon. Now, granted, this is over a decade old! Brings a muddle of red currants, young blackberries and light mixed spices to the palate.
In summary: Overall, just catches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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