Drinking Tonight: Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet

A nice bottle from Western Cape, South Africa – this is the 2010 vintage.  As part of the family commitment to nature, they keep 5 square miles of land around the vineyard as a wild game reserve, and they feature engravings of different local wildlife on the labels each year.

Color: purple, verging toward blue in the center – a sign of good extraction and clean winemaking.

Aroma: cassis and blueberries, with just a touch of chocolate, oaky vanilla, and cigar box underneath.

Taste: Rich, but not overpowering; good fruit and acidity together, moderate tannins toward the back of the palate, and a full finish with more chocolate notes. Very nicely made.

Well worth the ~$18 a bottle – this is something to keep on the shelf as a go-to Cab, especially if you’re tired of the same old California stuff.

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