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.
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.
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.