Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

Few Napa Valley wines make their way to Australian shores, which is a pity, because I think there is merit in benchmarking Australian cabernet sauvignon to this important wine region as well as the more usual French comparisons.  I spotted this particular cabernet sauvignon at a certain national retailer.   Aromatics of wood spice and tomato leaf resolved to blackberries with time in the glass.  The palate expression was of powdery tannins, wood, blackberries, medium (or perhaps a touch more) length and some extract and texture.  Initially a little unconvinced that I wasn't drinking a lesser Coonawarra wine, it persuaded me as the fruit opened up with more time in the glass.  Good

Abv: 14.6%
Price: $38
Vendors: Check
Tasted: 2013
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Napa Valley
July 3, 2013

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