A meaty Cabernet with the smoke and spice of Shiraz

Monday, December 28, 2009

Brand NameFriday Monkey
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Wine NameCabernet Shiraz
Vintage (Year)2007
AVASouth Eastern Australia
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeCabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz
Wine GroupsI'll take this with chocolate
Low cost party staples
Lovely reds
Alcohol %13.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

This is a wine that I wasn't expecting to like, though I have had great combinations of Cabernet with Shiraz before. Seventy percent of the former with the remaining thirty of the latter, this is a wine with an exceptionally long finish for the price, and some strong spice in the end that settles slowly down your throat.

Let's get past both color and texture, and talk about the taste, which is the most important thing anyway. You start out with the traditional dark fruits of Cabernet which has been infused with the meaty-ness of Shiraz. This gives way to lighter (but not light) tannins which convey the flavor of a wood barrel. The spice reminds me of something from the islands, Allspice and Nutmeg, but with a little dose of fire in it.

I've got one more bottle of Friday Monkey to taste and review. They are amazing me I must say.


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