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Red

2007 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love

McLaren Vale more

6/1/2014 - Cobbster Likes this wine: NR

I’m not sure what this says about either my wife or me. On May 21 we opened a bottle of Carnival in her hospital room at Northern Westchester Hospital. I’ve reviewed Carnival of Love every Valentine’s Day since 2008; it became a tradition for us after our first tasting in 2007. The 2007 vintage still impresses, with a lovely smoked black fruit nose. On the palate you get mouthful of creamy black fruit. We drank the bottle over the course of four nights (I refrigerated the bottle between dinners), and I don’t recommend saving an open bottle. Day 2 was as good as day 1, but day 3 lost its edge. On day 4 it was no longer pleasurable. On Thursday morning (5/29) my bride of over 30 years died after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Rest well my love.

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Red

2004 Kilikanoon Shiraz Testament

Barossa Valley more

12/7/2013 - Cobbster wrote: 91 points

Nicely mellowed. A hint of eucalyptus on the nose. Blueberry fruit and herbal spiceness with soft tannins. Really quite nice.

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Red

2005 Two Hands Shiraz Ares

Barossa Valley more

11/9/2013 - Cobbster wrote: NR

The last time I tasted was December 31, 2007. This bottle is not nearly as appealing, no doubt a result of age. Although still delicious, it's much more muted than I recall. Smokey nose, on the palate the fruit flavors are slightly stewed with a touch of sweetness.

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Red

2005 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

McLaren Vale more

7/5/2013 - Cobbster Does not like this wine: NR

I bought 3 of these back in 2007, but this is my first tasting. Bottle 1 was a flavorless disappointment.

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Red

2007 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love

McLaren Vale more

2/16/2013 - Cobbster Likes this wine: 93 points

Popping open a bottle of Carnival on Valentines Day has been a tradition for my wife and me for many years now. Sadly we could not make dinner on Thursday (our first miss), so this report is from our deferred-but-still-devine Saturday dinner. This year I decided to open an '07 since I have only one last bottle of the '06. I'm a HUGE fan of the '06 and my previous tastings of the '07 didn't thrill me. But that was then, this is now! Although the '07 isn't quite as nuanced and layered as the '06, it has really settled down: on the nose you get the black cherry scent with hints of vanilla, on the palate a rush of creamy black fruit. I didn't taste any of the heat that can be typical of the Carnival; it's probably past that point now. I didn't shake this since it's way beyond the window where it's needed, but it does open up over an hour or two. I enjoy exploring how it changes over the evening, but some of the vibrancy fades over several hours and I prefer it right after opening.

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White

2009 DeLille Cellars Roussanne Doyenne

Red Mountain more

10/23/2012 - Cobbster wrote: 89 points

Nose of lemon grass; mineral and apple notes with just a hint of quinine on the finish.

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Red

2005 Kilikanoon The Medley

South Australia Grenache Blend, Grenache more

8/21/2012 - Cobbster wrote: 89 points

Stewed dark fruit still dominates, with a new creamy quality and a hint of honeyed sweetness.

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Red

1997 Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command

Barossa more

8/11/2012 - Cobbster wrote: 91 points

My last one...popped and poured. Nose and palate are the same as my 9/4/11 tasting: black cherry nose and palate with less of the dark chocolate. Very tasty, but it didn't hold up as the evening hours ticked away.

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Rosť

2011 Maxwell Creek Rosé

Rutherford Rosé Blend more

6/24/2012 - Cobbster wrote: 70 points

Not much to recommend this: grassy and astrigent with little fruit. Maybe drinkable mixed with seltzer, but not straight from the bottle.

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Red

2007 Cameron Hughes Petite Sirah Lot 167

Napa Valley more

6/12/2012 - Cobbster wrote: 92 points

Lovely nose of black cherry with hints of eucalytus; rich black fruit flavors. Wish I'd bought more.

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Red

1999 Prado Rey Ribera del Duero Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

4/22/2012 - Cobbster wrote: 90 points

Lovely herbs and spice nose. Light on the palate with a pleasing blend of berries and leather. Very nice.

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Red

1999 Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command

Barossa more

3/7/2012 - Cobbster wrote: 92 points

I picked up 4 of these back in '08 and never tried one. Opening challenge: the top 3/4 of the cork disintegrated immediately; first pour full of cork and set aside. Second pour is fine. Intense nose of smoky fruit. Licorice dominates the palate with more smoked black fruit. Opens up over the hours and needs air. I'd guess this has several more years of cellaring ahead.

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Red

2006 Mollydooker Shiraz Carnival of Love

McLaren Vale more

2/14/2012 - Cobbster wrote: 94 points

Valentine's Day redux: over 5 years now I've tasted this vintage and it hasn't changed much. Smokey black fruit with a creamy finish, but it does take some time to open up. If you like this flavor profile (as the reviews attest, it's a polarizing wine) you'll not be disappointed. This is one of the many reasons I love Valentines day.

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Red

2007 Jaffurs Syrah Verna's

Santa Barbara County more

12/25/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 90 points

Lots of roasted black fruit.

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Red

2006 Bridlewood Estate Winery Syrah Central Coast

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12/2/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 80 points

If you are a syrah fan, move along. There's nothing here.

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Red

NV Artiste Attuned

Santa Ynez Valley Red Bordeaux Blend more

11/5/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 90 points

It's been a while since I've had this...bought these at the winery back in 2008 on a Santa Barbara trip. Still lovely and consistent with previous tasting.

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Red

1997 Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command

Barossa more

9/4/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 91 points

Nose of black cherry, more black cherry and dark chocolate on the palate. Oddly, the acidity is up along with the tannins, which change the flavors to feel younger than the bottle I opened in 2008. Could be the beginning of the end...

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Red

2008 Roblar Merlot Estate

Santa Ynez Valley more

8/1/2011 - Cobbster wrote: flawed

Odd. Only two bottles I had were both spoiled. The first effervesced like a champagne, the other not quite so much. This refermentation is likely caused by contamination during bottling rather than bad corks. Given that all tasters are reporting the same thing, I'd say it was a production problem. No other Roblar wines I've ever tasted (42 bottles according to CT) showed this issue.

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Red

2007 Roblar Syrah Susich

Santa Ynez Valley more

7/26/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 80 points

With age the steminess I've tasted in the four previous bottles is now gone, but there's no real depth or grace here. There are much better values out there, especially from this AVA.

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Red

2006 Roblar Merlot

Santa Ynez Valley more

6/29/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 70 points

There's no accounting for taste I suppose. My last of 4 bottles and none were very good. This example tasted of alcohol, phenol, and stems, which completely overwhelm the vanilla-laced fruit. I'm not sure where this wine could ever earn 'outstanding' or 'extraordinary' ratings. But again, there's no accounting for taste. I say if you have any bottles either use them for cooking or give them to someone you don't like very much.

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Red

2004 Jackson-Triggs Meritage Proprietors' Grand Reserve

Niagara Peninsula VQA Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/17/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 85 points

Purchased this in the tasting room back in May 2007. Not as bright-flavored as I remember, but otherwise has the same flavor profile.

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Red

2008 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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3/26/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 89 points

I wanted to LOVE this wine. It was my first bottle of KB after waiting two years to get on the mailing list. Don't get me wrong, the wine is very nice: beautiful nose, rosy color, lip-smacking tartness. Great finish. But I've had all this before in far less expensive wines. I hope the 08/09 RRVs I have don't disappoint.

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Red

2006 Columbia Crest Merlot H3

Horse Heaven Hills more

3/23/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 88 points

Luscious and full. Great value.

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Red

2005 Glaetzer Godolphin

Barossa Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend more

3/19/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 89 points

Consistent with last tasting. If you like this style of wine (brawney Australians), which I do, then Godolphin hints at how huge they can be. Unfortunately what the nose offers upon opening doesn't carry through to the palate and the palate fades not long after the bottle is open. It simply doesn't offer the layers of interest you'll find in other wines like Elderton Command, Carnival of Love, Two Hands Ares, or Penfolds Grange. I suspect Godolphin was better at release than it is now.

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Red

2005 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden

Barossa Valley more

3/7/2011 - Cobbster wrote: 94 points

Black cherry and licorice nose; nicely layered smoked black fruit flavors and a finish that lasts for days...

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