Sunday, July 26, 2015

Review: ***+ $$ Ty Caton Racchus Red Wine, California, 2008 = GOOD VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for petite sirah-based red.

By way of background:  I really enjoyed the 2005 vintage of this with five years of age.  Now we are sampling the 2008 vintage with seven years of age.

Original tasting and review : This is Ty Caton Racchus Red Wine, California, 2008, finished at 14.1% alcohol and first sampled 7 years from vintage date, in July, 2015.  It is a blend of 36% Petite Sirah, 23% Syrah, 16% Merlot, 9% Petite Verdot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec

In the glass: Black purple, opaque from a quarter inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, grape-pop fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be simply, sweet and friendly.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full,deep and aromatic, showing bold plums, solid acids and bold blackberries.  Finish is solid and crisp, relatively brief.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. just touches a plus for its aromatic complexity.  Good value.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for petite sirah-based red.

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