Joseph Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Moda 2001

This wine tasted a lot like an Amarone, not because of the grapes in the blend, here 85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% merlot (Amarone is typically a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara (with Corvina dominant)) but because both involve a partial drying of grapes after picking.  In the case of Joseph's wine, this led to aromas of olives, pepper and, more pepper.  On the palate, pepper and raisins were there.  Length too.  Frankly, this style of wine is pretty good, if rich, and Joseph pulls it off.  Here's the winery's notes on the vintage.  89 points (7.4/10)

Abv: 14.5%
Price: $65 (current release)
Would I buy it having tasted it?  Yes
McLaren Vale
May 20, 2011
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