Xanadu, Margaret River (Western Australia) Cabernet Sauvignon “Circa 77” 2020

($18, RWG USA):  This charming and restrained Cabernet is exactly the opposite of the heavy weight Cabernets coming from Australia or California.  This mid-weight wine delivers a seamless and balanced combination of spice, black, and red fruit notes.  The small (six percent) amount of Cabernet Franc in the blend announces itself by subtle and alluring leafy and herbal nuances and amplifies the wine’s charms.  Mild tannins and a taste profile that changes with each sip makes it a delight to drink now.  Those looking for California power will be disappointed.  Everyone else will embrace it.
91 Michael Apstein Oct 10, 2023