Another wine from the (generally) poor 2011 vintage. However, even poor vintages have their charms. In this case, I actually preferred this wine to the 2016 recently reviewed, although time will lead to the opposite conclusion. In the glass it is restrained, with gentle left bank Bordeaux like aromatics and good length on the finish. The poorer vintage also resulted in more moderate alcohol of 13.5%. 15% in principle troubles me in terms of balance for a cabernet sauvignon, although the evidence so far is that it has not caused a problem for Bowen. The 2011 is an enjoyable wine that is drinking well now. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $25+.
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