2004 Meerlust "Rubicon" Red Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch

SKU #1043418

90 points Wine Spectator: "Concentrated and grippy, with dark, roasted plum, black licorice, charcoal, mesquite and bittersweet cocoa notes. Traditional in vein, with an iron- and earth-filled finish that should soften nicely with cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2013. 1,645 cases imported." (09/08) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intense, lingering aromas and flavors give this wine - a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc - a memorable edge. On the nose, a combination of savory spice and dark plum and chocolate lead, while the palate is rife with earthy spice, mint, cocoa and smoke. Complex but balanced and traditional, the wine will age well and pair well with complex, robust dishes." (03/09) "Graves in Stellenbosch? The Rubicon is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that has always reminded me of the Graves appellation in Bordeaux.. In the nose red and black current are to be found with notes of earth, graphite, tobacco leaf, cedar, smoke, anise and a herbal note. The wine spends 24 months in 80% new Nevers French barrique and then 24 months in bottle before release. On the palate there are fine tannins with good acidity, fine balance and length. While drinkable now, there is the stuffing to reward time in the cellar." (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Wine Buyer)

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