2005 Finca Sandoval Manchuela
Right out of the bottle this wine is a plummy, purple,
inky color, reminiscent of a young high-end Barossa shiraz. The aromas initially show
cedar planks, cassis, black cherry and a hint of green olive. Over the course
of three hours the aromas evolved to show sweet cassis and rich pipe tobacco.
The palate is really smooth and sexy, with fine tannins and dense fruit. Cassis
and black cherry are the primary flavors, but there's also some tobacco and
meat gravy as well. Just enough acid for freshness. There's a really velvety
feel to this wine, although it maintains its power through and through. Oak accents
the finish. At first the oak seemed too pronounced for my tastes, but as the
wine opened up the oak became less of an issue. The finish also has notes of bitter chocolate and
coffee. This wine is showing very well right now, but there's
clearly at least another five years of maturation until this wine reaches its
peak. I drank this with my friend Kevin at his place, and we had a great time. He really
enjoyed the wine. 78% syrah and some mourvedre and bobal.