Yummy aromas of cola, plum pie and smoked meats start off this well-priced, stately Shiraz. And nothing that follows disappoints. The palate is full yet balanced, with spicy plum-styled fruit and enough acidity to preserve the juicy feel. The finish is smooth and just about perfect. This is neither overdone nor wimpy. In a word, it’s complete. Editors’ Choice. —M.S.
Smooth and cool in the nose, with a touch of menthol topping off fragrant blackberry. The palate is searingly fresh, courtesy of bright acids and even brighter ripe grapes. Some tasty cocoa and coffee derived from well-integrated oak adds character the finish. Full-bodied but not even bordering on flabby.
Though its standout aroma is of toasted campfire marshmallows, on the palate, this wine is toasty without being too creamy, and offers pleasant toast, apple and pear flavors that persist on the finish. It’s a medium-weight, crowd-pleasing wine.