d'Arenberg Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, Australia
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
A dense nose of cassis and mulberries with coffee and dark chocolate weaving through a backdrop of fine oak. More elegant than previous vintages, the palate offers freshness while
still delivering concentration and complexity. Youthful flavors of cassis and red currant dance alongside violets, dried herbs and earth, with fine minerally tannins fanning out on the finish.
"Full-bodied, rich, gutsy wine overflowing with blackcurrant fruit, cassis and tannins; good oak sustains the long finish."
Australian Wine Companion
"The saturated purple 2006 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, vanilla, cinnamon, black cherry, and black currant. Impressively structured and well-balanced, this dense Cabernet demands 6-8 years of cellaring after which it will drink beautifully from 2016 to 2036."
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque ruby. Powerful cassis and blueberry aromas are complicated by lavender and pungent herbs. Fleshy, palate-staining dark berry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity. Gentle tannins add grip but don't get in the way of the lush, creamy fruit. Very impressive cabernet, with the sweetness to drink on the young side but the depth and balance to reward patience."
International Wine Cellar
"Very true to the variety, with ample servings of cedar, tobacco and cassis, plenty of weight and a firm structure that bodes well for aging. Best from 2010-2020."
"Sweet boysenberry and currant flavors contrast the earthy tannins of this cabernet, leaving a bright impression. A fresh, floral note develops out of the dense fruit, leaving any oak influence in the background. Decant this five or six years from the vintage with roast lamb."
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