Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

I rate Yalumba as a winery.  Their 2003 Menzies cabernet was good, though not excellent.  It opened to an aroma of spices and blackcurrant, and appeared to be an almost alarmingly accurate carbon copy of a lesser cru classé Bordeaux.  With time in the glass though, a dried tea character became pronounced, which I don't usually find in Bordeaux wines.  On the palate, given a bit of time, there was soft length and tannins still evident, and a touch of dried tea leaves.  It is possible that the fruit may be disappearing faster than the tannins, at least based on this bottle.  Nonetheless, an enjoyable wine, and I am pleased I have more.  86? points.  (7.1?/10)

Abv: 13.5%
Price: around $40
Would I buy it having tasted it?  Yes
Website: http://www.yalumba.com
March 23, 2011

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