Consumers who give this immensely rich and oaky wine a couple of years to come together should reap the rewards around 2010, when the surface layers of vanilla, toasted coconut and caramel blend more readily with its blackberry core. The fruit shows through on the finish, so it should win out in the end.
This is a full-bodied, firmly structured Shiraz with plummy, intense aromas tinged with licorice and framboise. Bits of chocolate, mint and spice accent the plum and raspberry flavors, and the wine finishes crisp, dry and deeply textured. It should drink well from now through 2015.
Round and plush, this is immediately accessible, and should be consumed over the near term. Vanilla, cedar and a hint of caramel accent the blackberry jam flavors. The fruit is a bit cooked, but it picks up a nice peppery edge and some coffee notes on the finish.
This 60-40 blend provides excellent value at this price. It’s full-bodied but silky-soft in texture, with aromas and flavors that range from plum to earth and cola to dried spices. The tannins melt away on the palate, leaving behind a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now.
Full-bodied and creamy in texture without being heavy or overblown, despite 15% alcohol. Blackberry and plum fruit is accented by hints of vanilla and baking spices, picking up traces of char and espresso on the finish. Immediately approachable.
This impressively dark and smooth Shiraz has a taut black fruit and licorice bouquet. Very smooth and supple on the palate, it offers rich blackcurrant, cassis and chocolate flavors. Fine, even tannins on the long finish close this very well structured, nicely integrated wine that should improve with two to four years cellaring.
Espresso, blackberry and black olive flavors all come together on the palate of this medium- to full-bodied Shiraz. Hints of leather, plum, menthol and spice add complexity to the aromas, while only a touch of warmth on the finish from its 15% alcohol keeps this from an excellent rating. Drink now.
Aged partly in new American Oak hogsheads and partly in used French Oak barriques, the barrel regime shows in this wine’s obvious vanilla and caramel accents to its boysenberry fruit. Supple and creamy in texture before turning crisp on the finish. Drink now.