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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Cycles Gladiator Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cycles GladiatorWhy on Earth hadn't I tried the Cycles Gladiator Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 before now? I checked out the Merlot and the Pinot Noir months ago, and liked them both — how did their Cab escape my notice?

Well, better late than never. This is one absolutely stupendous $9 Cab — it's a mystery to me how the makers could blend in Cab Franc and Petit Verdot, age it in real French oak barrels for 10 months (as opposed to tossing in a handful of oak chips) and sell it for such a low price, but I'm sure not complaining. This wine has a characteristic nose of vanilla and cedar, and follows up with a big mouthful of blackberry, cassis and spices, with no hard edges. It's absolutely delicious, and an incredible bargain. I'm hoping the ’06 will be as good — if you find any of the ’05, buy a bunch!
J. Silverheels Gray, 9:35 AM


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