Singlefile Cabernet Merlot 2010 (Margaret River, WA)
14.2%, Screwcap, $37
This is unquestionably the best wine yet under the Singlefile label. I know that Larry ‘Super Winemaker’ Cherubino has been consulting to Singlefile since 2009 and it certainly shows here. That Larry sure does know how to make this style of WA red! Heck even the typeface on the back label and the bottle looks a lot like Larry’s ‘Cherubino’ wines…
What I like about this Margs dry red is the concentration – its all dark fruit, serious oak and and mulberry, the oak a little raw and the palate looking a smidgen hot, but otherwise carrying a certain intensity and some quite regal Cabernet tannins that suggests good fruit and the right sort of winemaking.
It’s very young, a little roasted (like many 2010 Margs Cab Merlots) but I do like the chewy sense of rawness and latent depth here. Worth some cellaring
Score: 17.6/20 92/100
Would I buy it? You’d buy a well cellared bottle off the list for sure.