Charles Cimicky Autograph Shiraz 2005
Wine AdvocateThe 2005 Shiraz "Autograph" spent 17 months in 60% new American oak. The wine is a glass-coating purple with room-filling aromas of cedar, mocha, cocoa, blueberry, and black currant liqueur. This leads to a medium to full-bodied, opulent wine with layers of ripe black and blue fruits, soft tannins, and excellent length. Allow 4-6 years of evolution in the cellar and drink this well-made Shiraz through 2025.
Wine EnthusiastWith its bright acidity, Cimicky's 2005 Autograph stands out a bit from the pack of Barossa Shiraz. Blueberry-blackberry fruit and peppery spice is underlined by vibrant acids, which give this wine a more reined-in feel than many of its counterparts. Despite supple tannins, it comes across as firm on the finish, where it picks up hints of caramel or maple syrup.
Wine SpectatorEarthy, gamy notes add interest to the dark cherry and tar flavors. Has excellent persistence and harmony, but this needs to settle down in the cellar. Not for everyone, but those who like the style will warm to it. Best from 2011 through 2017. 4,000 cases made.