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First Drop JR Gantos 2009

Wine Type: Large_icon Large_icon Videoblog
Style of Wine:Big & Bold
Country of Origin:Australia
Wine Region:South Australia
Appellation:McLaren Vale
Grape Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional
Bottle Format:750mL
Case Size:6 bottles
$221.70 Per Case ($36.95/btl)

Tasting Notes

This wine displays all the hallmarks of classic McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon – blackcurrant, chocolate with a hint of herbaceousness delivered on a rich palate of dense, firm tannins. But JR Gantos loves his port, and couldn’t help adding a dash (5%) of Touriga Nacional, which gives a varietal floral lift. St Estephe on steroids meets the Douro!

Critical Praise

2009 First Drop Jr Gantos
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown # 199 (Feb 2012)
Rating: 91
Drink 2012 - 2019

The 2009 JR Gantos Quinta do Sul is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Touriga Nacional. Deep garnet colored with a touch of purple, it presents aromas of ripe mulberries, warm plums and black currant cordial with underlying earthy / meaty hints plus sandalwood and baking spices. Full bodied and densely packed with expressive berry flavors, the very crisp acid provides a nice lift and it’s well textured with medium to firm grainy tannins. The finish is long and spicy. Drinking well now, it should cellar to 2019. Importer: Ronnie Sanders, Vine Street Imports, Philadelphia, PA;


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