Thursday, October 06, 2005

Fusee 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (PB)

This is the third wine of the “Timbalo” evening (preceding entry) and didn’t expect very much out of it as it was an unknown wine, and had two hard acts to follow. But (NW) brought a half case of mix and match bargain wines for my cellar and kept a half case for himself. These are all unknown wines which we’ll both try and see what’s worth buying again.

This wine is produced by the Sebastiani’s–a name with a long reputation for stability and quality over the long haul. I don’t believe I have ever been disappointed with a Sebastiani wine in 25 years of wine study. It is a Cabernet Sauvignon and the name means “Rocket” in French. The label has some odd statements on it about space travel etc. but what’s inside is surprising. With its pricing and marketing, the Sebastiani's goal is to stem the encroaching tide of Australian wines from deluging this country.

The bouquet is cherries and chocolate and the flavor is the same with a layer of licorice and wonderful burst of cinnamon–wow! There isn’t a lot of depth and the finish is short but although I don’t know what this wine cost, my on line search seems to put it around $8 and at that price, this is a good find! Raise a glass!

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