A Big Cab with Style

Phew, sorry I missed my Friday wine review posting, but last night was the party of parties. I will be sharing some fabulously big wines with you in the coming weeks as a result! But I had the one below in my back pocket, ready to go, so enjoy!


DATELINE:  Clare Valley, Australia

During my recent trip to Australia, I made dinner for a friend one night. She’d had a long, hard week and needed a bit of a boost. Comfort food was my prescription. A hearty Boeuf Bourguignon was just the thing I knew, to fortify her for the days ahead. The perfect wine would complete the treatment. Having tasted a 2008 Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon the day before, I was ready. In fact, Boeuf Bourguignon was just the recipe I’d had in mind with my first sip, yesterday.

My tasting notes:

The food & wine pairing
With each bite-sized piece of succulent tri tip, I take a sip of the Cab. Luscious textures mingle and mix in my mouth, as the wave of pleasure tells me this is the perfect blending of exquisite, savory flavor…

Tasting Notes
appearance:  clear, deep, ruby, legs
nose:  clean, med+ intensity, blackberry, black raspberry, chocolate, black pepper, yeast, biscuit, liquorice, developing
palate:  dry, med+ acidity, med+ tannins/smooth, fine, silky tannins, med+ alcohol, med+ body, med+ flavor intensity, strong blackberry, black raspberry jam, chocolate, liquorice, mint, stone, balanced med+ finish with violets at the end.
conclusion:  a very good, very well balanced wine that you can drink now, but has great potential for aging
14.5% alcohol (med/high)
$15.00 to $20.00 (moderately priced)

From the Critics:
“The fruit for Jim Barry’s 2008 Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon comes from 50% Clare Valley and 50% Coonawarra. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives pronounced aromas of eucalyptus, warm blackberry and crushed blueberries with some cinnamon and cloves plus a whiff of cedar. Medium to high acid and a medium to high level of finely grained tannins support the ample flesh in the mid palate of this full bodied style. The finish is long and minty. Approachable now, it should be best 2011 to 2018.” – 90 Pts Jay Miller – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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