2001 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

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92 Points

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - Opened with the Harts at Alvins. Nice garnet color, very aromatic nose of dark fruits (blackberry), some definite spice and perhaps some earthiness. On the palate, medium bodied, very ripe, but subtle fruit notes of boysenberry, some tar, and lots of black pepper too. Slightly hot but not so much as to interfere with the enjoyment of the wine. I've had this wine before but never enjoyed it as much as tonite. The wine is in a great place right now, with its various components gracefully integrated, not much oak that I could sense, and a nicely balanced, somewhat elegant pour. While still a fairly big glass of wine, this is not your typical knock-your-socks-off blockbuster. This wine definitely went over very well, and it paired nicely with the jerk rubbed duck breast that I ordered. In fact, I don't drink much Shiraz anymore, but thought, and rightly so, this would be a great match for the spicy food of this favorite eatery. My guess is the wine certainly has some years of life left, but how much better can it get than it is right now?

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