Friday, January 05, 2007

Lenz Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Wine Review (NW)

Disclosure: This is one of the six wines sent to us from Lenz Winery for review.

Tasting notes:

Lean nose of dark berries and mushrooms, with steely undertones
Herbal core with mineral accents, tight and austere
Finishes with some mulberry and an odd sour note

I wanted this wine to open up some more, but it never did. The style is "old world" for sure, but it's too austere and lean. Also, I didn't care for the finish, picking up some odd note that seemed sour and almost burnt.

This wine might be different with additional bottle ageing, but it didn't seem to come together for me. After considerable tasting and air time, we paired the wine with an lavish meal. We also opened a Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon which was substantially better at a much lower price than the $35 reference price I was given for the Lenz.

Let me know if you've had a different experience with this wine, and raise a glass!

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