2005 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1066396

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 09: "Bright ruby-red. Expressive, complex nose offers ripe scents of cherry-vanilla, blackcurrant, mocha, smoked meat and mocha, all lifted by a sexy floral nuance. Impressively sweet and lush, with energetic red and dark berry character, candied flowers and seductive pliancy of texture. Finishes very long and sweet, with the ripe fruit gently supported by fine-grained tannins. This firmed up in the glass as its spiciness and minerality became more assertive." 90 points Robert Parker: "The 2005 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet color with a slight tinge of purple. Scented of black currant, tree bark, spice box, loam and just a whiff of capsicum, the medium bodied palate is fine and elegant with a good backbone of high acidity and medium level tannins providing good structure and balance. It has a long finish. Drink it now to 2019+." (10/10) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Polished, ripe and open-textured, offering a generous mouthful of dark chocolate-scented blackberry and cherry flavors, standing upright and refined as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2015. 800 cases imported." (06/10)

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/9/2011  | Send Email
We tasted this the other day at our weekly staff tasting and I fell head over heels in love with this wine. I've always been a fan of virtually everything this estate does (or has done), but it's been some time since I've had one of their reds. It totally made me think of the old Sonoma Valley Cabs from the early 1990's, some of the wines I first fell head over heels in love with when first exploring the fruit of the vine. Bursting with bright cherry and cassis, and just starting to show the first hints of cedar and tobacco leaf. Powerful while still maintaining a supreme elegance, this epitomizes, IMHO, what new world Cabernet should be all about. Not cheap but worth every penny. CM

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River