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Red

2002 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

McLaren Vale more

8/19/2013 - dontime wrote: NR

Drank at Cafe Sydney. PNP, then decanted during dinner. Bright dark red and black fruit, hints of licorice and mint. Rich in the mouth, satisfying finish. Way over priced on the wine list, but the views were spectacular. If scoring, 91-93.

  • Comment posted by AlexGarner:

    9/15/2013 3:27:00 AM - What did they charge you, if you don't mind me asking?

Red

2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County

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6/16/2013 - brigcampbell wrote: NR

Excellent wine as you'd expect. Dark crimson color and glass staining. Dark tart berry and chalky mid palate. Problem is I paired it with wild pig pork chops and homemade maple rum cayenne glaze. Palate was fried in regards to writing a detailed tasting note but the zin was perfect. Here is the culprit.

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  • Comment posted by AlexGarner:

    7/21/2013 2:35:00 AM - I'm so hungry now. That looks fantastic.

Red

2007 Wantirna Estate Cabernet-Merlot Amelia

Yarra Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/6/2010 - AlexGarner Likes this wine: 96 points

Wantirna Estate new releases (Prince Wine Store - Bank Street): Wow, this wine is just so soft. Soft but with a complexity that pulls the wine right up into your nose and fills out with soft perfumed fruit, plums and subtle oak. It is really delicate, yet so intense. The palette has yummy, luscious fruit with the finest of fine tannins. This was a real surprise and I'm going to get this into the cellar ASAP.

  • Comment posted by AlexGarner:

    11/10/2010 6:37:00 AM - Must pick up some bottles of this.

Red

2006 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône

Red Rhone Blend more

9/17/2010 - pjaines wrote: NR

Yet another great bottle from a rock solid performer that year-on-year gives you more character and terroir mixed with reliability than probably any other producer I know. This wine manages to tread a thin line between being a consistent product and a wine that reflects region and vintage. And all this for under £10. This is never going to be a wine that blows the nads off your diner party guests - and that is the whole point. Not every wine has to be WOW and BOOM and Gobs Of Fruit (TM, Mr Parker) - this has a calm, reserved quality about it that is neither a whisper or a shout, just one of the best mid-range wines you can get your hands on. A touch of liquorice on the nose, deep fruit but without being cloying - balance, tannins in check, fresh enough to drink now. What is not to like?

  • Comment posted by AlexGarner:

    11/10/2010 6:34:00 AM - I couldn't agree more. This is exactly why I love this wine.

Red

2006 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône

Red Rhone Blend more

10/1/2010 - mobowines wrote: 87 points

Colour: purple; Colour depth: deep; Clarity: clear
Aroma intensity: low; Development: youthful/medium
Aromas: spicy
Dry; light to medium body; lively to smooth acidity; moderate flavour intensity; long finish
heavy dry tanins
Flavours: pepper, VERY spicy, bitter berries.
13.5% alcohol.
50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre.
pleasant and drinkable. I wasn't a big fan when I tasted it alone, but I raised my rating by a few points after dinner--it paired very nicely with sun-dried tomato and olive pasta sauce.

  • Comment posted by AlexGarner:

    11/10/2010 6:32:00 AM - It's funny isn't it - how this wine works so well with food. I really think it's great value.

Red

2006 Gérard Raphet Charmes-Chambertin

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

10/17/2010 - Capt Cutlass wrote: 89 points

Purple, violet but translucent. Concentrated nose with dark fruits and new oak. A noticeable stinky character on entry and chalky tannins with a fresh somewhat bitter finish. Not sure if this is going anywhere further but it definitely had character and it was intriguing. Perhaps time will meld the elements but I did not feel that it had the complexity to deliver greater things and the stinkiness was a bit off putting.

  • Comment posted by AlexGarner:

    11/10/2010 6:30:00 AM - That's interesting, because it was the stinkyness that attracted me to this wine at the initial tasting and I reckoned that it would bring some interesting developments over time. It sounds like it's still a bit too dominant though. I might wait another 6 months before I look at the first.

Red

2007 Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

11/3/2010 - Tropean wrote: NR

My first CdP. Splash decanted for 45 minutes before pouring. Remarkably lovely ruby color in the glass. First impression in the mouth was the distinctive and pleasurable viscosity. There was a palate coating weight and smoothness to the wine which, at the risk of sounding like a real bs artist, I want to describe as "molten silk", although there was nothing at all hot or angular or sharp to it. Enough acidity to deliver red fruit flavors, and fully integrated tannins on the finish. Another unusual (for me) reaction: At no point did I want to aggressively "swish" the wine around inside my mouth to further open it up. I just wanted it to lay there while I enjoyed it. Also bears noting that I drank the bottle over three nights, vacuvin-ing and returning to the cellar each evening, and the wine was as enjoyable on Tuesday as it was on Sunday. No score or grade because I have no basis on which to compare this to other CdPs. But I can say that after drinking this wine I will be significantly more likely to seek out more CdP.

  • Comment posted by AlexGarner:

    11/10/2010 6:27:00 AM - Wow. I just picked three of these up on Saturday and sent them to the cellar purely on spec. It sounds like these really do deliver for their price. Looking forward to cracking them. Glad you enjoyed it.

White

2008 Gaia Nótios

Peloponnisos White Blend more

9/12/2009 - awinestory wrote: 79 points

translucent ruby with purple
nose of sweet ripe plum
dry acid is med+ body is med alc is est 13 tannin is med
length med+

Though dry, wine has a sweet nose and very ripe plum flavor, almost like a lilquid jam. Pair this wiith foods such as barb-b-que ribs, short ribs, salmon braised with a sweet oriental sauce

  • Comment posted by AlexGarner:

    6/5/2010 1:59:00 AM - I think you meant to post this tasting note against the red wine. This is the white!

White

2008 Hoddles Creek Chardonnay

Yarra Valley more

3/6/2010 - rednick wrote: NR

Obvious buttery oak offering nice texture - still has the fruit and acid to balance this though - will improve over the medium term

  • Comment posted by AlexGarner:

    3/6/2010 1:40:00 AM - Nice work. I looked at the Pinot Noir and loved it, so I might grab 6 of these for the cellar based on your comments.

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