2006 Greg Norman Estates Cabernet-Merlot – Limestone Coast, Australia

Flavors of blackcurrant and a tiny touch of mint are quickly overwhelmed by cherries from the merlot and wood from the winemaking. It is sweet, red fruits ultimately dominating, with spices from the wood, cinnamon and clove. This is one of the better grocery store wines, keeping varietal correctness and not collapsing into an oak-extract mass of maple and brown sugar.

WHO: Greg Norman Estates
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
WHERE: Limestone Coast, Australia
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $16 (Media sample)

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