Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon

When this wine landed, I sent out the word to friends who were married or gave birth in 2011. This is the wine for 21st birthdays and silver wedding anniversaries. For the warmest vintage in a decade in Margaret River, it retains impeccably vibrancy and unwavering poise amidst considerable power and solid, generous concentration. Firm, fine tannins propel an enduring finish, promising great longevity. The usual recipe of cabernet sauvignon dominance (91%) prevails, with a dribble of merlot to round it out, but the difference this year is 6% cabernet franc, said to lift aromatics and enhance restraint. It works, defining delightful violet fragrance over a core of blackcurrant fruit and coffee bean oak. $72 at 1st Choice.