October 31, 2007

Delicato Shiraz 2004

Year: 2004
We Paid: $17 (3 liter box . . . almost 4 bottles!)
ABV: 13%

delicato-shiraz-2005.jpgDo we even need to mention that this Shiraz came in a box? What’s the big deal? We’ve covered the wine-box debate before and little has changed. The CFW crew is interested in how the wine tastes, not the packaging. Although four bottles in one box is a great value. The FlexTap pushbutton-style spout is very cool too . . . and a little sexy. This little nipple device is easy to work, even with one hand when you’re trying to get those last few drops.

Delicato puts the same wine in its boxes as its bottles, and their wines have earned accolades both in the U.S. and at international competitions. Notably, Delicato’s entry was named “Best Shiraz of California” awards at the 2001, 2002 and 2003 California State Fair Wine Competitions.

The 2004 Delicato Shiraz lives up to its heritage. A powerful scent of spicy cherries practically bursts from the wine as you pour it. The flavor is a bit more subtle, tasting of blackberry and cherry. Overall, the flavor is balanced and quite smooth. The finish lingers with a fruity spiciness. The start and finish of this wine are so wonderful that they overshadow its pleasant flavor.

It’s little surprise that Delicato’s Shiraz is the best selling brand of that variety in the United States. If they can keep up with demand while maintaining quality, they are likely to hold onto that distinction in the coming years.

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Posted by Conor Hanover at October 31, 2007 7:03 AM
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