Cat Amongst the Pigeons 2009 Shiraz

Barossa Valley, South Australia; 14.5% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 14 Dec

CATP_2009_ShirazThis wine somehow seemed promising, and indeed, it’s delicious.  It’s pretty good from first pour, but smooths out a bit after about half an hour in a decanter.  The wine shows ripe fruit of dark purple cherry and plum, black earth / pepper, a little tar, and red cherry, with plenty of balancing acid of cherry and plum.  My only caveat about it is that the wine is quite dry and the acid is a little stronger than most North or South American reds, so it didn’t seem go as well with foods that are a little sweet, and might unpleasantly surprise some folks.  After 2:15 or so of air, the wine develops a little earthy aged complexity.  I think it’s very good for the price.

A couple other things:  First, bin5 reviewed the CATP 2009 “Fat Cat” (a Cabernet – Shiraz blend) here.  Second, there’s also a CATP 2010 Barossa Valley Cabernet around for the same price.  If anyone tastes it, please add your thoughts on it here, as I probably won’t get to it.


2 thoughts on “Cat Amongst the Pigeons 2009 Shiraz

  1. BargainWhine Post author

    I was wrong above. The CATP Cab is actually also 2009. I think there was less of it around than the Shiraz, but it’s also very good.

  2. BdB

    I liked the cat amongst the pigeons too, plenty of fruit yet quite dry, some oak, on the whole well balanced. Keeps on developing with airing. Was as good the next evening (I pumped the air out). Well worth 4$, found it in the Santa Cruz store on Dec 16, went back for more.


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