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Segal's Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon is a rustic, intense wine that you need to approach with caution. But like many wild beasts, once it sees your intentions are good it will become a friend for life. Fearless winemaker Avi Feldstein takes the bold step of avoiding filtration, thereby ensuring that not a molecule of rich Cabernet character is left behind. Is this wine less "polished" than many other Cabs out there? Maybe. Is it less boring and predictable than many other Cabs out there? You bet. Try it with a big, juicy burger or a roast lamb shank.
Full flavored meat or rich sauced chicken dishes.
Deep red color, with notes of black currant, blackberry and mint.
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- Name: Yossie Horwitz (Reviewed on 2/7/12)
An unbelievably delicious wine whose popularity and cult-like following has unfortunately succeeded in overshadowing many of Segalâ€™s other great wines, including one of my favorites â€“ the single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Dishon vineyard. That said, while the price point for this wine may be a bit excessive the adoration it garners is well deserved, especially if one exhibits a bit of restraint and patience. If you allow this wine some graceful cellaring time to mature and for the oak influence of 25 months of aging to recede a bit, you will be rewarded with nothing short of magnificence. Full bodied, with tons of black currents, cherries, sweet blackberry and a hint of juicy plum on the nose along with background noises of spicy oak, rich dark chocolate, all of which are enveloped with a good jolt of acid and tannin granting the wine the balance and structure to be a great wine. The palate contains more of the same with more oak, roasted Mediterranean herbs, a tinge of green and some warm spices leading into a fruit and dark chocolate laden finish with more crushed herbs and a pleasing bitterness lingering. While eminently drinkable now, Iâ€™d give this wine another year before letting it loose and it should cellar nicely for another 8 years or so, maybe longer.
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