Friday, April 6, 2012

Updated Review: **+ $$ Mildiani Saperavi Red Wine, Telavi, Kakheti, Republic of Georgia - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Mildiani Saperavi Red Wine, Telavi, Kakheti, Republic of Georgia, is made of the saperavi grape, indigenous to the region.  The Kakheti region is at the far southeastern edge of the republic.  For the 2005 vintage, this is finished at 13% alcohol, and was made available as part of the Barclays Wine collection.

In the glass: Mildiani Saperavi shows as medium dark burgundy in the glass, opaque in the very middle.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this saperavi red wine shows a mild nose of shy red currants.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is an acid-driven, dry, smoky middle - almost like a char-broiled vinegar, though not that unpleasant.  The distinctive smoke and pepper comes across your mouth, traveling on the acids.  

And the wrap-up: The finish lodges in the back of your mouth and cheeks, clean, dark tangy with no sweetness whatsoever.

In summary: Overall, a distinctive, though fairly astringent experience.  Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following a three-day decant under vacuum in a partially-filled bottle:  still essentially a charcoal-broiled red currants and red pepper experience.  Distinctive, but not really becoming.
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Updated review, over two years later,   April, 2012:  Consistent color, now a hint of brick at edge.  Still clean red currants on the nose.  Dry, peppery palate with little hints of fruit, shyly raising its hand from the back of the classroom, hoping for attention.  Gets a plus on its two stars for this distinctiveness.  Hasn't softened much from its astringent style.  Held up well to the time in bottle however.  I liked the 2007 vintage of this better.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: The nose is consistent, but the student is raising his/her hand a little higher now - I can see it waving.  A hint of fruit is coming through with the air time! 

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