d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

$53.95

SKU 20

750ml

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A very complex full bodied wine dominated by red fruits, blueberry and cranberry fruits, spice and earth. Immense intensity but very controlled with ripe gritty tannins; the relationship between oak and fruit tannins in this wine is much more controlled than previous vintages. Vibrant acidity intermingled with the flowery fruit characters and the immense framework of oak on the finish gives the wine surprising elegance and balance for such a structured wine. This wine requires a vigorous decanting prior to serving and will continue to develop for many years; likely decades.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Appellation McLaren Vale
Brand d'Arenberg
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateThe 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.

Robert Parker, October 2005
  • we86

Wine EnthusiastAromas 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.

Daryna Tobey, August 1, 2006
  • ws83

Wine SpectatorFirm and chewy, with earthy root beer notes that are more prominent than fruit. Finish sort of fades. Best after 2007

Harvey Steiman, 2005