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Shiraz

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, 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, 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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Argentina, Shiraz, Hacienda Los Haroldos, Familia Falasco, Mendoza, 2008

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N/ Slightly acidic granite dust. Leather. Tobacco. Cassis reduction. Cedar. Gunpowder. Light confectionary. A tad hot. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Bursting raspberries and blackberries. Nice tart fun. Full fruits but not cloying. Price = $18R (Brazil) = $10 US http://www.familiafalasco.com.ar/haroldos/ Brilliant 92

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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, 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, Red Blend (Rhone Style), d’Arenberg, Stump Jump, McLaren Vale, 2006

Red Blend of: 48% Grenache, 28% Shiraz, and 24% Mourvedre. N/ Light burlap. Leather. Cherry. River stones. Tad hot. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Spice box. Dusty plums. Earth and graphite. Tobacco. Winemakers: Chester d’Arenberg Osborn, Phillip Dean, and Jack Walton Price = $10-16 retail. Very Good + / Brilliant -. 89 / 90

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Australia, Shiraz, Henry’s Drive, Dead Letter Office, 2006

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N/ Warm barrel room. Deep black cherry. Candy. Dark melted chocolate. Amazing. T/ Massive stewed plums and berries. Acid fruitpop that makes your mouth water on and on…Chocolate cake.  Fantastically long finish. Only fault is a slight chalkiness. Note 1: About $30 retail. Note 2: One of best noses, ever. I love this wine. Astounding.96

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