2010 Leeuwin "Art Series" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
We landed a great deal on a fabulous Aussie Cabernet. Big scores for a lively wine!
The Horgan family founded Leeuwin in 1969 and began working to find the best varietals for the area. By 1972, with the help of Robert Mondavi, they began planting the vineyards. Their first release was the '79 vintage. By the early 80's they were becoming renowned around the world.
The 2010 Leeuwin äóìArt Seriesäó? Cabernet Sauvignon is simply delicious. It is round, velvety with great fruit and spice and very gentle tannin.
Rainfall was above average and dams filled to capacity during winter. Flowering of all varieties occurred in cloudy, cool spring weather. By late November the weather changed quickly to long sunny days with typical afternoon sea breezes. In general, the summer was perfectly warm and sunny. Veraison began early-mid January in the whites and the reds protracted through mid-late January. Long warm sunny days without rain allowed excellent flavor and tannin ripeness. An excellent vintage.
The Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a long lived style due to its ample fruit and sturdy frame. Often described as äóìBordeaux like,äó? the core of the fruit comes from 30+-year-old vines grown in well-draining gravel/granite derived soils. The Art Series range is identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian artists
96 points James Halliday
Bright crimson-purple; the fragrant cassis-filled bouquet sends its unequivocal message of that rarest of beasts: a totally delicious young cabernet that has a mellifluous palate of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit supported by superfine tannins and subtle French oak.
95 points Decanter
Lively, lifted cherry fruit. Medium body with impressive intensity and persistence. Vivacious, feminine and silky smooth, yet also with loads of stamina and energy.
94 points Wine & Spirits
The purity of this Cabernet is impressive, it's clear black currant flavors fresh and crisp, uninhibited by its oak aging, presented as a beautiful, unadorned claret. Herbal notes lift the aroma-it's not aggressively green, but the wine has the same clean sensation as biting into a parsley leaf. Young Cabernet fruit and gentle tannins come together in a structure that's elegant, lasting on freshness that will sustain it for a decade or more in the cellar.
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon offers very youthful, slowly evolving aromas of warm cassis, blackberry preserves and red currant jelly with nuances of cloves, cigar boxes, cinnamon stick and vanilla. Medium-bodied, it offers a lot of flavor in a very fine, elegant frame of grainy tannins and harmonious acid, finishing long and layered. This is the finest Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon I've tasted! Drink it now to 2024+. 93+ (LPB) (8/2014)
93 points Vinous
Bright violet color. Ripe blackcurrant, cherry, licorice, rose oil and cedary oak on the complex, deeply perfumed nose. Supple and expansive, offering sweet dark berry and cherry-vanilla flavors that turn spicier with air. Weightier on the finish, with the floral and spice notes emphatically echoing. Distinctly elegant, as usual for this bottling, finishing with excellent finishing clarity and smooth, even tannins that build slowly. (JR)
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec
Margaret River, Western Australia
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