This massive Syrah blows your mind with cassis, roasted coffeebean, spiced plum, chocolate and sweet oak aromas and flavors, and a and lush texture. Every sip explodes with taste sensations. The score would be higher if the wine had a firmer structure. It spreads all over the place, and needs reining in.
Another wine that caused great debate on our panel. One panelist thought that the wine had softly oaky touches around a core of berry fruit, but for another, the oak had a pulpy, heavyhanded quality. Feel is creamy; finish is medium-long.
This is the latest Mondavi partnership -- are you keeping track? -- this time, with Australia’s Rosemount Estate. It is a young, jammy wine, like an Aussie Shiraz, with uncomplicated but ripe and tasty berry flavors and rich, thick tannins. Easy drinking in a big, full-bodied wine.