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2009 Illumiatus from Tin Lizzie Wineworks

I couldn’t refrain from opening a bottle of the Cabernet Sauvignon that Kathy and I helped to make at Tin Lizzie Wineworks in Clarksville, Maryland. Today being Cabernet Day on Twitter was the perfect excuse to open the wine that had only been in bottle for 12 days. We were curious to see if the wine made with grapes from Stagecoach Vineyard in the Atlas Peak AVA of Napa Valley would life up to the hype.

Initial reaction, Wow! I can drink this wine without the need of food. It would also go well with food. The dark purple color with a dark ruby rim was eye catching. The aroma had the typical black fruit but also offered spicy nuances. The taste was layered with black fruit especially blackberries and black cherries followed by spices especially cloves. The smooth mouthfeel helps to make this wine drinkable without food. The finish began fruity then yealded to spices. The tannins were almost bold.

It will be interesting to see how well this wine ages, however, now that I opened a bottle I’m sure to deplete my stock.


One Comment

  1. Posted September 3, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Wow! And don’t forget…if this were a “winery-made” wine, it wouldn’t be released for several more years! I think this Cab will be amazing around 2013-14 after those “bold” tannins have a chance to mellow and everything gets to integrate. For those who remember the Napa weather last year, this Cab was harvested “post-Tsunami”. Once these Napa Cabs are released, you’re going to hear a lot about “pre-rain” and “post rain” harvests. I think we made the right decision to wait.

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