This one is a wine from Australia, made by 19 Crimes — that’s the name of the winery — in homage, sort of, or rather in memory, of the criminals that were exiled from Britain to Australia, mainly during the 19th century and Queen Victoria’s rule and who made and developed the country after all. So according to the story, 19 crimes were punishable by exile to Australia, that was called punishment by transportation. Each different wine has a label with a real mug shot and a real criminal from the past. His or her crime is mentioned on the cork so you can see it after you open the bottle.
Their website : https://www.19crimes.com
I bought different types of their wines after reading some good things about them in various wine blogs. Furthermore their price is nice on the wallet, depending on where you buy them you should find them between 8 and 10 dollars (in New Jersey). I bought mine from my usual place, Stirling Fine Wines.
So first up is the Cabernet Sauvignon 2017.
It comes in a heavy glass bottle that is also frosted and has one of those very distinctive labels that you cannot miss and will remember ! Well done ! 13.5% vol.
In the glass the wine is deep red, ruby red to crimson with a purple hue. It has a large purple rim and super long regular legs. When looking at it from the top of the glass it is very dark.
It has a very strong scent even away from the glass, even before actually smelling it from the glass. Dark cherry, wood tanins, blackcurrant and blackberry but the strongest one is a scent like those dark very ripe cherries we have in summer. All overripe black fruit and berries, wood and vanilla and a hint of smoke.
In mouth it is very velvety or satin like with an explosion of very ripe cherries, morello cherries (griottes) and dark black cherries. Very satin like and mellow on the palate and tongue. This satin smooth feeling is an extremely pleasant sensation, a great pleasure.
Middle mouth : deep vanilla (the tannins) and some soft spices (cinnamon, nutmeg but subtle and soft), dark plums, it reminds me of a plum pie with cinnamon sugar that I use to cook in summer. In the middle mouth too, a hint of mint freshness.
In the end of mouth, a hint of blueberry that comes after all the cherry and vanilla tastes. The after mouth finale is quite long with cherry notes again and also the texture of the cherry. It almost feels like biting in those juicy black cherries full of pulp and juicy flesh splashing on my tongue.
A very nice balanced acidity, the tannins are not noticeable at first, then in finale they bring a very delicate bitterness, They feel mellowed, soft (fondus) and blended with the cherry taste, which is exceptional for such a young wine (2017, tasted in May 2019).
No wooden taste but rather a vanilla taste well blended with the cherry. I love it !
Furthermore when it is a wine costing between 8 to 10 dollars.
It has become an instant favorite and a go to wine, an instant classic and a safe bet. Almost for every day also, due to its reasonable price (though there are so many good and inexpensive wines to try out that it would be missing out, to have only one everyday wine).
I highly highly recommend this wine. I love wines that feel like satin or silk on the palate and tongue. I had a similar experience of this satin silky smoothness with the well named Love Noir Satin red but this 19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon is even a tad further in the smoothness, if possible. (The price point is roughly the same.)
After the tasting I enjoyed it with Barilla pasta with a classic tomato and basil sauce.