Monday, March 10, 2008

Maddalena Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 wine review by (PB)

Our friends at San Antonio winery (Los Angeles, not Texas) sent us two of their new releases for enjoyment. I waited until (NW) and I were together so we could both review these thus getting two opinions for the price of one--so to speak...

This wine from Paso Robles has a nice garnet hue with a rich ripe blackberry/plum bouquet with sweet dark fruit.

In the mouth the wine feels a bit thin texturely speaking yet is structured well even if tight, hot and young. There are notes of sweet dark chocolate with a lingering smoky finish. The wine was right out of (NW's) cellar which was quite cold. After warming and breathing, the wine relaxes and the dark chocolate turns to a milk chocolate. This is made in the popular style of big fruit forthright flavors but is is still young and needs a year or two longer to come around. It is what you would expect of a wine at this price point ($14) but could a hold a surprise with some more time. Raise a glass to patient cellaring!

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