Saturday, March 6, 2010

**** $ Millaman Condor Shiraz, Central Valley, Chile, 2005 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original review, June, 2008:  The Millaman Condor Shiraz, 2005, is from Central Valley, Chile. In the glass, it is very dark red with purple highlights.

Aromas are creamy black cherry fruit, hinting a bit of beaujolais. On the palate, a bit of oaked fruit comes through first. It spreads throughout your mouth, with a touch of interesting furriness. Simple, not layered, but balanced and tasty. Three stars out of five. Nice value for the price.

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Updated Review, over a year and a half later, March, 2010:  Color is consistent, with just the slightest move towards brick.  Aromas are still bold, juicy and fruity, no beaujolais any longer, but with the distinct black cherry still present.  The furry smooth middle remains, along with a light bright acid.  More layers with the added time. Now a plus on the three stars.  Great cellar candidate at a phenomenal price.  Outstanding value!

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Updated again following a four day decant under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle:  the aromas are even bolder and inkier now, black cherries for miles.  On the palate, it's black cherries wearing a fur coat.  Yum, yum, yum.  Four stars now.  Five years in bottle plus a lengthy decant is my prescription for this stunning value.


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