2002 Noon "Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek South Australia
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (400 cases) is a 100% Cabernet from 30-year-old vines that spent 18 months in both small and large oak barrels. It exhibits a striking bouquet of graphite, creme de cassis, new saddle leather, Chinese black tea, and vanilla. The complex aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine of compelling purity and nobleness with layers of concentration as well as intensity. One of the most prodigious Australian Cabernet Sauvignons ever made, it should hit its prime in 3-5 years, and last for two decades or more. (RP)
A feminine Cab, one that feels delicate and elegant in the mouth but has the power and intensity to beat the crap out of you, if only she were that kind of girl. On the palate, pure black-cherry fruit receives a judicious dose of smooth oak, which fades into chalk on the finish. Very classy, and quite excellent.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full bright ruby. Very minty, high-toned aromas of blackberry, licorice, violet, eucalyptus and pungent oak spices. Penetrating flavors similar to the aromas; impressively vibrant for a wine at this level of alcohol. Finishes with big, building, palate-coating tannins. In contrast to the Eclipse bottling, I'd hold off on this wine for a couple of years.