Astrale E Terra Arcturus, 2002, Meritage

I recently purchased 6 bottles of this wine from a daily email I get from The Wine Library. It scored 93 points from Wine Enthusiast. I am always on the look out highly rated good value wines. A few days after buying the wine I was making a beef stew with port and wine and decided to open this wine with it. I had a couple of friends over for dinner and from the first sip we all commented on just how great this wine was. I liked it so much that I went back online to the wine library and purchased another 6 bottles. I opened another 2 at my election night party and once again everyone loved this wine.

Here is the wine enthusiast review:

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast
Great Cab, but even at four-plus years, it’s young and dry, with gritty Atlas Peak tannins, so cellar it for four or five years and let it soften. Shows ripe blackberry, cassis and blueberry flavors, with a rich, spicy coating of new oak, and finishes thoroughly dry. Should develop for a decade and hold for another 10 years.

Here are comments from The Wine Library:

COLOR-dark; NOSE-very nice nose; a fruit bomb (raspberries, blackberries; plum, strawberries, cherries), but not over-oaked; TASTE-some greenness on the mid-palate (mint covered green peppers); this is Mint City, USA; menthol; Keebler Grasshopper; reminds me of Heitz Cabs; intense fruit, lots of blackberries, with a nice Junior mint action on the mid-palate; should last 8-15 years; a really good wine; WE-93; GV-90

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