Maker: Delicato Family Vineyards
Packaging: 3 liter box, pushbutton spigot
Our Rating: 8 out of 10
Delicato likes to brag about their many gold medals, and one honor for Delicato Shiraz 2005 is that the wine received a “Best Buy” designation from Wine Enthusiast magazine. Our experience with Delicato Shiraz 2004 wasn’t bad, so we looked forward to the 2005 Shiraz. We found the nose to be filled with dark berries, plums, and spice. The flavor is quite plummy, with blackberry notes and a tiny bit of spice in the finish. It’s a bit sweet, although I hasten to add that it’s not a sweet wine by any stretch of the imagination. Rather, it’s a bit less dry and less complex than I’d like in a Shiraz. On the plus side, it’s a smooth, gulpable wine with a moderately spicy finish.
Delicato seems to be on a roll… Delicato Family Vineyards was named the International Wine and Spirits Competition USA Producer of the Year for the third time in 2006.
In Wine Blogging Wednesday #31, Wannabe Wino tried it as part of our box and non-traditional package theme, and sort of liked it, noting, “It’s smooth and easy to drink and I have to keep in mind that averaging it out, it costs less than $5 a bottle. The wine is not complex, but I wouldn’t really expect that at the price point.” And that’s the key point – at a price of about $4 per bottle-equivalent, it’s a real value.