2005 Woot Cellars EHP

Another wine review, this one of a wine.woot exclusive that was released a little over a year ago. wine.woot is an online site associated with woot.com, and generally offers 2 to 3 selections of wines a week for discounted prices. On occasion they release a few wines of their own under the Woot Cellars label. This is one that was released during the 2008 Christmas season. As such it isn’t readilly available anywhere anymore. Anyways, off we go.

Wine: 2005 Woot Cellars Central Coast Emergency Holiday Provisions (Blend of 57% Sangiovese, 29% Merlot, and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon)

Price: $59.99 for half a case ($9.99 a bottle)

The Tasting:

Color: Light garnet, almost rubyish. There is a slightly brown/reddish tinge on the edge. It’s roughly what I’ve come to expect from sangioveses, and given the large amount of sangiovese in this, it fits.

Nose: A bit harsh at first, with tart cherries and cranberries. Pretty fruity, but with hints of fresh-cut cedar planks. I like this nose; fruit without the sweetness.

Taste: There are definitely some serious cherries here, I’m thinking bing cherries. There’s also some blackberries to be found among hints of cinnomon and Dr. Pepper. There are tannins here that aren’t entirely integrated into the wine, but it does feel like they’re adding some decent structure here and that they’re trying to balance themselves against the fruit. I don’t think this wine is going to be getting much better with any additional aging, but maybe another 3 months or so would help mute the little bit of harshness that the tannins are bringing.

The finish is decently long, with some leathery and earthy oak on the tongue.

Final Thoughts: This is a nice wine, if a bit one-dimensional (lots of tart cherries!). That one dimension, however, is done pretty well, and there is decent structure here, and a respectable balance between the fruit flavors and the earthy finish. I’d rate this wine somewhere around 84 to 86 points (and probably on the higher side when paired with complementary foods – I’m thinking some nice pasta with a good red sauce). Not bad!

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Date: Monday, 22. February 2010 19:38
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