The Cenosilicaphobic Cat Sagrantino Cinsault 2010
The Story Behind The Name
As a child Chester had a cat named Non Alcoholic Booze, which the family shortened to Booze when they discovered that he enjoyed red wine. The concerned Osborn family refused to let him drink it, so consequently Booze lived a frustrated life, suffering from a monumental case of Cenosilicaphobia (the fear of an empty glass).
From the nose we can immediately tell that the 2010 is a slightly darker, denser wine than its two predecessors, the 07 and 09. There is the expected element of red fruit, cherries and baked rhubarb, but there exists a raft of darker fruit characters such as mulberry, chocolate and liquorice that we don't necessarily see in this variety every year. As always, the dash of Cinsault brings a lavender like lift to the overall wine. The palate also speaks of the exceptional quality of the vintage. Sagrantino always makes quite a tannic, dry wine with mouth puckering acidity and minerality, a combination of crushed rock and those rhubarb like characters we mentioned on the nose. In 2010 however, we find the palate to be somewhat more textured than normal, adding another dimension of mouthfeel to the acid and tannin structure. The fruit is fleshier and the tannins more chewy than gritty. None the less, expect this wine to age extremely gracefully over the next 10-15 years. A cracking wine from a cracking vintage.