2008 Charles Cimicky "Trumps" Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Trumps Shiraz was aged in predominantly new American oak for 17 months. A glass-coating purple color, it displays a smoky, toasty, spicy nose leading to a fruit-filled, succulent Shiraz with a bit of underlying structure. This lengthy effort will evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now and over the next 6-8 years.
*Editors' Choice* A strong effort from Cimicky, the 2008 Trumps displays ample complexity in its hints of chocolate, coffee, cedar, blueberries and baking spices, then puts all of that in a soft, creamy, mouthfilling package tinged with licorice on the finish. Drink now.
Clear, focused and detailed, delivering a juicy mouthful of plum, berry and tobacco flavors, hinting at clove and nutmeg as the finish lingers effortlessly. Drink now through 2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. Musky, vibrant aromas of black raspberry, sassafras and dried violet. Sweet, juicy and rich, with a penetrating quality and very good grip to the juicy dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Finishes with seductive aromatic perfume and slightly firm tannins.