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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

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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, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, Archetype, 2005


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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