Maker: Tisdale Vineyards, Modesto, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
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.