Monday, September 19, 2005

Bilancia Red'01, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Smooth "meritage" blend form Hawke's Bay. A new-comer on the US wine-market.

Technical Data:80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, grapes handpicked, aged 12 months in French oak.

Description:Dark garnet color. Very concentrated wine, lots of black cherry on both nose and palate. Some spiciness too, hint of toasty characters from the oak aging. Smooth tannins.

Food Pairing & Service:Ready to drink now, but will continue to improve with several more years of cellaring.

Score:8/10

Suggested Retail Price:$23.99

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