Mitolo Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Wine AdvocateThe 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Serpico (aged 12 months in new American hogsheads as well as small French barrels) comes from the Willunga district in the southern sector of McLaren Vale, near the ocean. It exhibits a dense purple color in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of smoke, blueberries, black raspberries, and cassis. Superbly endowed with admirable purity, sweet tannin, a floral/fruity component, and a fabulously layered, concentrated mid-palate as well as finish, it is one of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons to ever emerge from South Australia. It should age well for 10-15 years. For a winery only established in 1999, and dedicated to hand-crafted, artisinal wines, Mitolo has consistently been a revelation in my tastings. Thanks to owner Frank Mitolo and his brilliant winemaker, Ben Glaetzer, the quality has been truly splendid.
Wine EnthusiastMade from grapes dried passito-style, this is an excellent Cab. Well balanced with soft tannins, it shows earth and focused blackberry aromas, and very juicy blackberry and plum fruit. Pretty, unique and worth seeking out.
Wine SpectatorPolished and velvety, bursting with juicy blackberry and black currant flavors overlaid with distinctive hints of ProvenÃƒÆ'Ã‚Â§al herbs. Tannins are pretty firm now. Best from 2008 through 2014.