Monday, October 29, 2007

Kiss Chasey Cab/Shiraz/Merlot '04

In Brief:

2004 Swings & Roundabouts "Kiss Chasey" Cab/Shiraz/Merlot ($12 Community):

Too sweet. (RP 88)

Tasting Notes:

This Cab/Shiraz/Merlot/Tempranillo (49.3/28/17.7/5) has a nice nose of cherries with some raspberry character. There is also a shy but at times surprising second character of strong mineral scents, perhaps best described as wet metal. Medium-bodied, with a slightly syrupy texture, there is good fruit on the midpalate and a long finish with good, though not gripping tannins. Unfortunately the syrupy sweetness pervades the entire drinking experience, persisting almost as long as the tannins. The acidity is very low - which normally I wouldn't mind, but here it could have offset the sugar, and made the wine drinkable if not great. A disappointment from Vine St. Imports, the importer of both Barrel Monkeys and Small Gully The Formula.

Robert Parker:

"The only red I can recommend [from Swings & Roundabouts] is the 2004 Kiss Chasey Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Merlot, a delicious blend boasting a deep ruby/purple-tinged color as well as plenty of berry fruit intermixed with notions of smoke, herbs, and spice box. Fine texture, abundant fruit on the palate, and a plump finish suggest this amazing value should be drunk over the next 1-2 years. I tasted a few other offerings from Swings & Roundabouts, which were pleasant, but did not merit high enough scores to be included in this report." RP88

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