For a Good Wine: Mystic Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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I rarely encounter a wine this good at this price point. This wine is a perfect example of an unknown producer from an unlikely region creating a varietal based wine that outshines other, much pricier wines. The Mystic Cab hails from the Oregonian side of the Columbia Valley, bordering with Washington. Only 150 cases were made.

mys.jpgThe nose was very opulent with rich cassis and a hint of vegetables. Up front this was all spice, smoke and bacon – and it was big, very big. The palate expanded into mintiness, and a bit of woodyness and an underlying current of cassis and other dark fruits. This is all about secondary and tertiary flavours, though, and is completely distinct from of a New World fruit bomb, even though it is big and bold. The finish is very long and very fantastic. Overall the wine has great balance, depth and outstanding variety of flavours and scents. I HIGHLY recommend picking this up if you have the chance. It’s a steal at this price point and equivalent to a $70 bottle of New World Cab Sauv.

$36 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars

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Last modified: April 18, 2008

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