Fairview Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon - 91-93pts
Availability: Limited. Private wine shops and library release
Production: 160 cases
Date Tasted: May 18th, 2012
Tasting Notes: 2009 was a great year for the Fairview Cabernet vines. The hotter than average vintage ripened the thick skinned grape perfectly creating a dense, powerful and layered cool-climate Cabernet Sauvignon bursting with dark blue fruits and savoury black licorice on the seductive nose and intense palate. 18 months of French oak contact has left its mark and the wine entered the bottle needing more time to meld and mellow yet the refinement is there and hints of future development dance around on the textured palate. A touch of spice and cassis puree lingers on the long, mouth-watering finish.
BC Cabernet Sauvignon are rarely so ripe and complex. This 2009 edition of the Fairview Cellars release displays the unique regional balance of dense, full-bodied blue fruit and savoury minerality without the jammy, sticky fruit notes of warmer-climate areas. Decant for several hours if you can't wait to open a bottle. Otherwise give it at least another year in the cellar. Drink late-2013-2019.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012 IconWines.ca
On a side note: Look for a true "reserve" version of this wine to be released in late 2012 or early 2013 that has seen an extra 12 months in new French oak. A sample of this wine revealed the tannins to have rounded elegantly, making it more suitable for early consumption and likely an even longer life.