d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
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|Region||Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale|
The spicy 2003 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon (aged in equal parts new French and new American oak) reveals copious quantities of black currants, cedar, vanilla, and white chocolate aromas, followed by spicy, tannic, full-bodied, powerful, dense, well-structured flavors. It should drink well for 10-15+ years.
Aromas start sweet, then grow tomatoey and earthy with air. The palate offers lifted berry and cherry fruit countered by an herbal, almost sour, greenness that lasts through the finish. It's a well-made wine with a smooth, chalky feel, but its flavors are not all that harmonious.
Firm and chewy, with earthy root beer notes that are more prominent than fruit. Finish sort of fades. Best after 2007