Cassini Cellars 2009 Maximus - 92pts

Cassini Cellars 2009 Maximus (Golden Mile Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $29
Alcohol: 14.9%
Date Tasted: September 13th, 2011
Re-tasted: May 25th, 2013

Tasting Notes: Youthful, vibrant and raw may best describe the intense, fruit'n'savoury nose of the latest edition of Cassini Cellars' Meritage blend called "Maximus". This year's blend boasts 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% of Malbec, aged in new and second fill French and American oak for 14 months.

The soft entry on the dry palate evolves quickly to reveal the beast within. Fine, ripe tannins and a sublime texture partner well with concentrated dark fruit, smoky cigar box and toasted oak flavours. A touch of minerality adds subtle complexity. Loads of spice accompany the balanced, long finish.

Perhaps, not as "big" as the 2008 overall, but more refinement on the palate is a welcomed attribute of this new vintage. Based on the pedigree of previous releases and the new use of a real cork enclosure, development seems like a safe bet along with a long lifespan of nearly ten years. Buy up some of the remaining 2008's to enjoy while you wait for this one to mature. Drink late-2012-2018.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

Re-tasting Notes: At 4 years old, the 2009 Maximus has aged beautifully and now offers a developed bouquet of smoky dark fruit and vanilla with new cured meat notes appearing. Lots of life left on the pallet as well with the acid mellowing only slightly and the tannins as smooth as ever. This gorgeous wine truly has gotten better with age. Original drinking window is, thus far, proving accurate with the peak not expected for another 3 years. If you have some squirreled away you're sitting pretty.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013