Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
I’ve had a rather complicated relationship with most Indian wines; never what I expect them to be. If I set my hopes too high, my hopes fall flat on their face and it hurts; too low and sometimes it ends up pretty much like a punch-in-the-face wake up call.
This one, definitely the latter. I hope Mr. Mallya (yes, it’s one of his products) is dancing to Ludacris’ Get Back just like Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. Yeah, that’s the only reference that comes to mind after tasting the Barrique Reserve. Okay, let’s be honest. It’s not the best thing to happen since sliced bread, but it’s good.
A 90-10 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, the Four Seasons’ Barrique Reserve 2008 is delightful companion for a laid back Sunday afternoon drunk with roasted spicy lamb kababs, seared pears and perhaps some Danish pepper cheese. The deep purple color with an orange/brown hue at the rim cloaks underneath it a deep nose with notes of black currant, cherries, cinnamon, anise, hint of mace, vanilla and limestone. The palate is fruity with undertones of black currant, cherries, cinnamon, black pepper and a hint of vanilla. The finish is between medium to longish with well balanced acidity and smooth, soft tannins which seemed ever so slightly underdeveloped. At 12.5% alcohol content, this beauty in a bottle is fairly dry, although not as much as I would’ve liked it to be. Fairly dry, I say because the acidity makes its presence felt without being too harsh on the palate at any point. The ferrite/limestone long aftertaste could be a turn off for some; worked great for me.
At this point in time, consume it. It’s peaking. Not much left in this one in terms of aging potential. It’s ideal accompaniments would be slow roasted lamb, spicy kababs, beaufort cheese (I had some Danish pepper cheese – awesomeness), spicy Awadhi preparations (because the Barrique Reserve with it’s higher acidity is still something that will complement spices well). I don’t know if I should attribute a sudden craving for some tandoori bakra from Karim’s in old Delhi, but would’ve loved to sample some with this one for some reason. Oh! I loved the seared pears, beautiful companions to the Barrique Reserve.
I’m not a big fan of wines from big corporate houses, but I guess I’m gonna have to open up a bit just like a bottle of good wine.
Priced at Rs.800 ex-Mumbai