Saturday, September 22, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$ Tudal Family Winery Cerruti Cellars Tractor Shed Red, California, 2009 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: The wine equivalent of comfort food is a red blend from California.  Let's try this version with an equally comfort-inducing label showing an old 1947 Massey-Harris red tractor and barn.

Original tasting and review, September, 2011: This is Tudal Family Winery Cerruti Cellars Tractor Shed Red, California, 2009, finished at 14.3% alcohol.  It is a blend of French and Italian style varietals of cabernet franc, merlot, sangiovese and zinfandel, all from California vineyards.  Review sample provided by Balzac Communications & Marketing.

In the glass: Tractor Shed Red shows as deep burgundy, opaque towards the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep bold fruit, some cedar.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full, rich and aromatic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a rich, deep red/black berry and pepper middle, with deep aromatic edges.  Bold alcohol and mild acids bring the sip to a modest and fairly sleek finish. 

In summary: Overall, a bold, strong, new world offering rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for its potent character, becoming a very good value at its modest price point.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:   Soft and round nose, consistent elements.  Consistent palate, actually moves more chocolately. 

Updated review, exactly a year later, September, 2012: Medium dusty red in the glass.  Softer fruit, less cedar in the nose.  Nice berry mixture on the palate.  Peppery reds and deep blackberries.  Some menthol.  Just a touch hot on the finish.  But touches four stars, becoming a best value.  This is fresh and ready to drink at three years from vintage date.

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