Summerfield Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

I've previously enjoyed cabernets from this producer, finding them well made, with good fruit and good value.  I was a bit troubled by this vintage though.  Near black in colour, it revealed an aroma of intense oak and juicy black fruits, and tended towards a chocolatey note.  The palate was quite closed, with an undercurrent of rich, intense spices and berries, and some length.  It didn't go particularly well with lamb (I found it a bit overpowering), which was a surprise.  I think it hopefully just needs more time.  83? points.

Abv: 14.5%
Price: $23
Source: cellar door
Website: http://www.summerfieldwines.com/

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