Black Opal Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

What a great name for a winery from Australia – Black Opal.  It conjures so much with so few words.  Thus, attempting to follow their lead ….

Winemaker:  Black Opal
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  South Eastern Australia
Price:  $8.99

Notes:   In the glass this Australian Cab was a deep garnet – leaning a bit toward the browner shade in the garnet spectrum.  The bouquet brought me pine cleaner, unctuous cherry, and earth.  Acidity was good, the body was medium, and I felt the tannins were on the heavier side of light.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the tongue I tasted copious wood, baked cherry, bitters, sour dill and what I can only describe as a hint of biscuit.  Seriously, it was a flavor not dissimilar to the spoon drop biscuits my grandmother used to make.  As a result, the lingering finish was very reminiscent of cherry pie.  I swear I’m not making this up!  Although I would have preferred a bit more from the tannins since it is a Cabernet Sauvignon, I have to say I enjoyed drinking this inexpensive offering from Black Opal.  Is that because of my grandmother’s biscuits?  Well … maybe.  But I also happen to like cherry pie!

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