Lindemans Reserve Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Lindemans Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet SauvignonPrice: $10
Maker: Lindemans Wines, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, screw cap
Alcohol: 13.5%
Our Rating: 8.2 out of 10

I’ve enjoyed other Lindemans wines, and I looked forward to the Lindemans Reserve Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 with considerable anticipation, even though I had found the bottle on the clearance shelf for a fraction of its normal price. After a few sips, though, I found out why it might have ended up in the sale bin. The aroma was fruity, with slightly musty berry notes. The flavor, though, was all oak and sharp-elbowed tannins. Things improved slightly after letting the wine sit overnight – some spice emerged in the nose, and the flavor finally showed some blackberry fruit.

I find it hard to recommend this wine, even though it’s inexpensive for any wine flagged as a “reserve.” For my taste, at least, one of Lindemans’ lesser wines, like their Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon, might actually be a better choice.

3 thoughts on “Lindemans Reserve Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon 2005”

  1. Your rating system has always been strange. how can you rate something 8.2 out of 10 and still say you can’t recommend it?

  2. I could have worded that better, Dan. What I was trying to say is that “I can’t recommend this wine when its less expensive bretheren are at least as much to my liking.”


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