Saturday, July 17, 2010

Review and Rating: **** $$ Racchus Reserve Red Wine, 2005, Sonoma, CA (BEST VALUE)

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Original Review, April, 2008: Sonoma-based Racchus Reserve Red is characterized as a second label from Ty Caton Vineyards, selling at about half the price of its underlying components. Racchus is a kitchen blend of 44% cabernet sauvignon, 32% syrah, 15% petite sirah, 8 % merlot and 1% malbec, sort of in the Clayhouse Adobe style, but with cabernet sauvignon replacing zinfandel.

In the glass, this is deep magenta red. Bold aromas are pouring into the room before I even bring the glass closer for a sniff. Closer up, aromas are fruity, deep and inviting, full of ripe fruit, sweet wood, touches of olives and dirt.

On the palate, you first notice the big, balanced form of this sip - sweet fruits offset by just a touch of acids, counterbalanced by mild gripping tannins. Everything just so for drinking this right away. But despite its currency and delicacy, I do believe it could cellar awhile too. Very nice. Four stars out of five, and an outstanding value.

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Updated review, over two years later, July, 2010:  Still deep magenta in the glass, with no bricking.  Aromas and palate are wholly consistent.  Held up nicely to age, but didn't need the age to show well. Perfectly fine to drink young.

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