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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

The bouquet is vibrant with a concentrated fruit profile of abundant blackcurrant, dark cherries and mulberry. Lifted savory and earthy aromatics provide elegant layers to a highly expressive and complex nose. On the palate, a dark fruit core of blackcurrant and forest fruits lead into more savory spices of dried sage, cassia bark, and tobacco. All components arrive to a finish, which is featured by slightly chalky cocoa powder-like tannins.

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W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
A gentle vintage of Art Series Cabernet, this wine has impressive persistence of flavor. The tannins feel open and airy, revealing a range of herbal scents in a subtle cabernet mode of currants and pipe tobacco. Firm and well integrated, this is accessible now and well suited to aging a few years.”
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon reveals notes of ripe black currants and blackberries with underlying bay leaf, damp soil, cedar and smoked meat hints. Medium-bodied with muscular and savory fruit, it is supported by a very crisp acid line and medium levels of chewy tannins before finishing with good length. Drink it now to 2019+.
Rating: 90+
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A firm and crisp red, with chewy tannins, featuring plenty of dark berry and currant flavors and a hint of sassafras. Delivers a long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2018.
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Leeuwin Estate

Leeuwin Estate

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Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, Australia
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Leeuwin Estate, one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia was established in 1973 with its mission statement to: "Produce wines that rank with the best in the world through the pursuit of excellence".

In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, first identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to owners, Denis and Tricia Horgan in the establishment of Leeuwin Estate. The first vines were planted by hand over a five year period from 1973.

Featuring state-of-the art facilities, the winery building was opened in 1978, celebrating with a trial vintage. Leeuwin enjoyed its first commercial vintage in 1979, and was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1980 "Art Series" Chardonnay in an international blind tasting.

Maintaining a team of highly skilled and dedicated winemakers, Leeuwin Estate is now under the direction of two generations of the founding family.

Margaret River

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Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-living red and white wines, Margaret River is situated in the farthest reaches of Western Australia. Relatively warm and dry, the region is cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Margaret River takes some inspiration from Bordeaux, producing top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. Complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are another regional specialty. Also common here are refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, as well as earthy, aromatic Bordeaux red blends.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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