Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cimicky 2008 Trumps Barossa Valley Shiraz

I bagged this Australian Shiraz during a promotion of 90+ wines under $20 by online merchant Wine.Com. We rolled it out during a recent TWAV tasting and it lived up to the expectation.

Some of the wines during our tasting were taut and heavily structured. This baby possesses depth and richness without any jagged edges. It flashes Shiraz style, but without the sweetness.

It’s a complex blend of smoke, black berries and a bit of tobacco. The wine was aged for 17 months in American oak. It’s right juicy and provides a succulent mouthful.

We sampled a wide range of wines during the evening, but this Shiraz trumped them all with a swirling style that draws you in from the first sip. For a mere $19.99, this is a wine to drink now – or sock away to enjoy over the next several years. **** of *****

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