Caduceus Cellars 2010 Sancha

Winery: Caduceus Cellars

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: Sancha

Wine Category: Tempranillo Focused Red Blend

Grape blend: 92% Tempranillo, 8% Grenache

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Cochise County

State or country: Arizona

Price: $50 (price of a current release)

ABV: 14.9%

Cases produced: N/A

The Barrel Cellar Score:  88 points

Review date: Feb 17, 2019

Color:  Deep Purple, Brick Red to Redwood rim

Nose:  Dark Cherry

Taste:  Eucalyptus, fresh mint, ripened cherry, pencil shavings.  Finish: black pepper, cola and smoke.

Assessment:  This release is fruit forward with a huge flavor profile, yet the flavors in this wine are hard to pin down.  Not because they are subtle; they are in fact quite bold. The flavors in this wine evolve at a fast yet sustained pace.  Eucalyptus was the dominant flavor in my first pour.  By my second glass the Eucalyptus had become more reserved and ripened cherry with a complementing sprig of mint presented itself.  I enjoyed this bottle over the course of 6 hours or so and every glass was different and more impressive than the previous one.

This bottle boasts an alcohol content of 14.9%, I had expected my first glass to be overwhelmed by heat from the high alcohol content, however this wasn’t the case.  The balance of the wine is impressive and tastes more like a wine under 14%.  The tannins soften any heat that may be lying underneath and the full bodied jamminess serves to add structure to the experience.  You can buy a bottle here.

Caduceus Cellars 2010 Sancha is a very good wine.  88 points

Pairing recommendation:  Pair with a bacon wrapped dates, milk chocolate, or a young Manchego.

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