Tisdale Shiraz 2005

Price: $3
Maker: Tisdale Vineyards, Modesto, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Alcohol: 13%
Our Rating: 7 out of 10

Tisdale Shiraz 2005 is our second from the “Three Buck Tisdale” line; a few days ago, we tasted Tisdale Cabernet Sauvignon. The packaging of the Shiraz is just about identical to the Cab, right down to the summary of the wine, “an enticing, full-flavored profile with medium body and an impressive finish.” The wines were indeed quite similar, though in this case that isn’t exactly a good thing. A promising aroma of berry, spice, and oak leads into a less impressive taste. The flavor wasn’t typical of a Shiraz, with weak spice and a rounded plum and blackberry notes. Like the similar Tisdale Cabernet, the Shiraz improves with a bit of breathing.

Overall, we found the Tisdale Shiraz to be slightly more drinkable than the cab, though neither are great. For a better Shiraz experience, try some of the inexpensive Australian brands we’ve tasted. You won’t find them for three bucks, but they’ll be far more satisfying.

3 thoughts on “Tisdale Shiraz 2005”

  1. We have just purchased a few bottles of Tisdale Cab and Shiraz. We were surprised to find no vintage date on the bottles, but close inspection of the BACK label reveal the printing date of the label to be 2007.
    We’re curious….. what’s THIS about?

  2. Tisdale Cab and Shiraz is proof again you can find good wines for less than $10US .
    I submit a large customer base believe pay high and u can pretend you are carrying a good if not great wine.. They buy the label not the contents.
    I have been a wind consultant for 7 years with ‘wine and more’. Requires drinking 4 bottles of product per week and write reviews..
    These Tidales hold up against Blackstone/Cappola/Ravenswoods

  3. I enjoyed the Tisdale Merlot and thought it was a $10 plus bottle. Surprised to learn it is marketed as a $3 product. I will be buying it large quantities as long as supply last!

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