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bjwdad has reviewed the Arundell Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 /100
Purchased at Harris Teeter grocery store in Williamsburg VA, $8.99, 13% alcohol. This is one level higher than entry and is available for $10.50 from WW. Dense dark red with an orange hue in the glass, pink-orange ring. Light, dusty herbal oak on the nose initially, followed by pronounced cassis. Also some underlying dark berry and bell pepper notes. Black currant, blackberry & a bit of cherry blend on the palate with tongue-coating molasses tannins. Soft but full texture. Acidity shines mid-palate on, and the medium finish tickles the tongue with sweet fruit and minerality. This is a MARKEDLY different expression of Cab than the typical American version (Cali, Washington). The small amount of Merlot is noticeable. There is a round fullness to this wine, and to several other Virginia wines I've tasted, that shout "Francais!" to me. Thomas Jefferson was a francophile, the warm humid climates are similar, the VA blends lean towards Bordeaux & Rhone....makes sense to me.
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