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Australia, Pinot Grigio, Jacobs Creek, Two Lands, South Australia, 2014

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N/ Rainwater, hay, pear, honeysuckle, green apple and river rocks. Clean and inviting. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. She starts with melon flavors accompanied by light pear and apple notes. Her acid presence is nice, but I’d like just a bit more. Minerals are good and long lasting finish. All in all a freshing, […]

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Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Jacobs Creek, Two Lands, South Australia, 2013

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Decanted one hour before enjoying. N/ Sharp flint and a nice mineral presence introduce you to deep notes of forest floor, cassis, and blackberry. She has just the right amount of funk, and a very faint vegetal aroma. T/ Medium full mouth feel. She has a fleeting sweetness upon first sip, that leads to wood […]

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Australia, Shiraz and Viognier Blend, Terlato & Chapoutier, Victoria, 2013

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Blend:  95% shiraz and 5% viognier N/ Countryside sage and soil, a virtual walk amongst wild sagebrush and lavender. Black cherry, taffy, fresh rain, and wet cement. Wonderful. Her only distraction is a hint of rubber. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Dusty, black cherry and cassis with a slightly disjointed cranberry pucker. Woody flavors and a […]

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Australia, Riesling, Fish Eye Wines, Southeastern Australia, 2011

N/ Lightly candied soft yellow fruits, steeped in a pool of bright, acidic springwater. If sunshine was a flavor of sweet taffy, this might be it. Tickles of crushed rock and clean burlap. T/ Full mouth feel. Thick, round, yellow tropicals start you off, but are then soundly supplanted by a broad, general, citrus flavor […]

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Australia, Chardonnay, Fish Eye Wines, South Eastern Australia, 2011.

N/ Wafts of butterscotch, and buttery oils, typical of California-style Chardonnay are here, however this wine benefits from having some pleasing soft pear and stewed apple aromas.  In a blind tasting I’d of guessed California, not Australia. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Round, thick yellow tropical fruits. A tad oily for my liking, however this characteristic is […]

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Australia, Pinot Grigio, Fish Eye Winery, South Eastern Australia, 2011

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N/ Rounded acid wafts, clean grasses, crisp pineapple, and low to medium yellow fruits. T/ Standard Pinot Grigio but for the price point, quite an impressive balance – nice acids and fruits. Surely a fantastic party wine choice – great for your guests and your wallet! http://www.fisheyewines.com/ Winemaker = Steve Roden Price = $7 Rating […]

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Australia, Shiraz, Fish Eye Winery, South Eastern Australia, 2010

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N/ Fruit ICBM. Stewed plums, black fruits, but also, unmistakably and unfortunately, Lambrusco. Crushed stones and confectionery. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick plum and cherry stew. Full of flavor, but a tad gritty. Full, but soft tannins. Certainly gulpable, but hard to get over the smell of Lambrusco. Needs some acid, and touch more minerality for […]

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Australia, Shiraz, Cumulus Wines, Anthropology, “Pure Estate”, Central Ranges, 2009

N/ Smoked plum jam. Gunnysack. Acidic granite dust. Light game. Leather. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick plum and dark berry jam, almost like a Zinfandel. Game and blood. Long, fruity, tarny, gamey, and oaky finish. Winemaker = Debbie Lauritz Winemaker tasting notes…. http://www.cumuluswines.com.au/ssl/CMS2/assets/2009_Anthropology_Shiraz_TastingNote_USA.pdf Price =$13-15, found on special for $9. Very Good + / Brilliant -. […]

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Australia, Pinot Noir, Coldstream Hills, Yarra Valley, 2008

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N/ Started crisp and clean, but almost too acidic. Slowly softened to reveal black tea, clean forest floor, and cherry. Interesting and delicious wafts of ripe, gamey, cheese on the finish. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Seared, smoked cherry. Great fruit and acid balance. Tad fuzzy and soft. Light mineral finish. Note: an absolutely refreshing honesty on […]

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Australia, Pinot Noir, Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Yarra Valley, 2009

C/ Tad cloudy. N/ Lightly smoked earth and cherries. Strong black tea. Wild herbs. Interestingly some light wafts of black olive. Clean leather and cigar box. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slight chalkiness. Nice, bracing acid leading to a healthy payload of red and blue berries. Black tea. Cranberry finish. Winemaker = Steve Flamsteed Price = Current […]

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Australia, Pinot Gris, Innocent Bystander, Victoria, Yarra Valley, 2009

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N/ Honeysuckle, crisp hay, crushed river stones, light confectionery with some rounded woods. Touch of pear on the ending. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel.  Very pleasant acid kick which rushes you into to restrained, but ripe, tropical fruits. Her crisp minerality is nicely balanced with a mouth-watering acidity. Even better when served colder than normal […]

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Australia, Red Blend (Shiraz/Merlot/Cabernet), Mollydooker, Two Left Feet, 2008

Red blend of: 68% Shiraz, 17% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon N/ Fat oaks with a tinge of burnt sugar. Delicious! Plums and black fruits. Stewed black pepper. Damp barrel room. Sandalwood. Game. Lovely. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Giant, dripping black peppered plum stew. Almost port-like in body. Clean for such a massive […]

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Australia, White Blend (Viongier and Marsanne), d’Arenberg, “The Hermit Crab”, McLaren Vale, Adelaide, 2008

White Blend of: 72% Viognier and 28% Marsanne. Note 1: Another case of bottle variation… I had this many months ago, lost my tasting notes, but recollected a significant fondness for it… so I bought two new bottles last week.. bottle number one was reduced and had VA / nail polish aromas that all but […]

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Australia, Shiraz, Fetish, “The Watcher”, Barossa Vale, 2008

N/ Fat, ripe plums flambéd with other ripe plums. Stewed rhubarb. Round smoke. Cigar box. Brick dust. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Fat, full, but still quite clean plums. High acid for the massive fruit punch. Liquid smoked woods. Tobacco juice. Slight chocolate. Winemaker = Rolf Binder Price = $12.95 Astounding. 96 Tasting courtesy of http://www.lajollamom.com

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Australia, Shiraz, Mollydooker, The Boxer, McLaren Vale, 2009

N/ Stewed black pepper. Deep plums. Violets. Graham crackers. T/ Full mouthfeel. Puckering. Fat plums. Smoked cassis. Fuzzy, but quite full. Price = $21 – $26 Very Good -. 85

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USA, Shiraz, Cupcake Vineyards, Barossa Valley, Australia, 2008

A California winery using Australian grapes… N/ Dried, ripe plums, black pepper, gunnysack, lovely candied barrel room, black soil. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly chalky, but full and ripe plums. Lightly peppered. High acid feel for a Shiraz. Low to medium cleanliness. Long, flavor packed lingering finish. Winemaker = Adam Richardson Price = just $10 -$12 […]

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Australia, Muscat, Dessert Wine, Yalumba, Museum Reserve

N/ Ludicrously ripe figs stewed in raisin juice. Soaked, old cedar. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, full-blown nectar ICBM. Canned peach explosion. Not elegant, but massively flavor packed. Retail  = $12.69 at CostCo Very Good. 85 Note: Much improved by adding 20 percent water…. Very Good+. 89

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Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Archetype, 2005

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Red blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Shiraz. Decant and let sit a minimum of one hour before enjoying. N/ Enormous, striking, and aggressive. Plum reduction sauce. Smoked meats. Sizeable port-type wafts. Granite. Angry dirt. T/ Full, full, mouthfeel. Hey-zeus, this thing is a meal. Wood-infused plum sauce. Liquid smoke. Liquid meat. Mud that […]

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Australia, Viognier, Yalumba, 2008

N/ Steamed, round hay. Ripe yellow fruits and apricots. Light, wet river stones. Crushed granite sprinkled in melted butter. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Round. Slightly chlorinated water. Green apples. Soft structure. Steel, crisp finish. Price = Just $9.99 at BevMo! Astounding-. 95

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Australia, White Blend, Shoofly, Buzz Cut, 2008

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White Blend of 37% Riesling, 32% Viognier, 21% Verdelho, 5% Chardonnay, and %5 Sauvignon Blanc.   Nice, I love to see these unique blends.   N/ The Riesling seems to dominate with the petroleum wafts, butalso nice bright yellow flowers and ripe yellow fruits and the signatureof a nice acid backbone. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Lime […]

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