12 year old cabernet tasting

Four good wines, but they weren’t exciting. I had hoped for more enjoyment from 12 year old wines, perhaps I my tongue just was in an odd mood.

Orlando (now Jacob’s Creek) St Hugo 1998

Coonawarra, South Australia

A very cabernet blackberry style. Maybe we should have started with a younger wine because this doesn’t seem to be showing any age to me. I like how it doesn’t reek of minty eucalpyt, but it is fairly straight-forward. I wonder, indeed I doubt, if these wines really gain complexity with age – they seem to merely soften.

Cakebread Cellars Cabernet 1998

Napa Valley, California.

This is very different. Definite age here. Mellow with noticeable alcohol, cuddly wine. Not a syrupy blockbuster, more natural less extracted and concentrated than any Californian cabernet I have had in recent years.

Killerby Cabernet 1998

Margaret River, Western Australia

Dark. Some flavours of grape skins. Disjointed, starting to fall apart ?

Chateau Pontet-Canet 1999

Pauillac, Bordeaux.

Not showing any of the dilution (rain) that hit Bordeaux. Solid but austere style. Lacks the flavour, style (and fun) of Leoville Barton 1999.

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