2009 Glenelly "Glass Collection" Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch (Previously $18)

SKU #1066091 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is matured for 12 months in oak with racking every four. It has a lifted, slightly “briny” bouquet with good definition. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, a grainy texture with a dry, quite austere tobacco-laced finish. Showing impressive grip and persistence, I suggest leaving this for another 12 months in bottle.

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium ruby. Precise aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and violet, with a touch of reduction. Juicy, tight and a bit ungiving today, with firm acidity keeping the medicinal black fruit flavors under wraps. This classically dry, vibrant wine will need at least a few years to gain in pliancy and plushness, but it has the structure to support aging.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2012 | Send Email
It can be difficult to find a well priced New World Cabernet that is elegant, balanced and actually dry, but look no further. This is no fruit bomb but has plenty of body in a tightly structured and firm package. The finish is detailed, long and dry.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2011 | Send Email
This is a classic Cabernet from South Africa but has a bit more of a polished style than most others I've tried. Very balanced from start to finish with plenty of plush fruit and weight on the mid palate. Food friendly an a crowd pleaser for sure.

Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2011 | Send Email
Precise aromas of blackberry , bitter chocolate and violet, with a definite touch of reduction showing. Juicy with firm acidity. This is a wine that will benefit from a little restorative sleep to clearly see what will emerge.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.