The resemblance of this wine to Ribena (blackcurrant juice) is uncanny. Far too overripe for my tastes. I used to love Cirillo, but they don't seem to age well. I wonder what a different winemaker could do with this vineyard? The oldest grenache vines in the world, and this is the best they can come up with?
Dusty potpourri nose, concentrated blackcurrant juice on the palate. Tannins lend a fair bit of grip while the high alcohol is apparent, especially on the end of the palate. A lusher finish rounds this out. My 3rd bottle from 6. I seem to be enjoying these less as they get older...
Not a detailed tasting note ... pretty much the same as last time, but I give this a higher rating now. Went well with grilled tuna and Vietnamese stir fry ... complemented the fish sauce, garlic, and hot peppers very nicely.
Not what I remember from the last bottle which a year or two ago just blew me away. This one was much more candied. Tasty as hell, though I have to admit, almost sweet and over the top (not in an extracted sense, just in a sweet sense). Points should be lower, as it really is not what it should be in terms of typicity, but, damn, freakily tasty!
Cloudy ruby. Simple but prominent nose with aromas of perfumed plum, thyme, nail polish. Sweet ripe fruit on the palate, soft tannins and light acid. Long finish. Pretty wild extraction and alcohol, but avoids the nastiness of that genre. Lots of good things in here; would be great with a green bean and roasted pepper salad accompanying a nice flank steak.
Pretty easily I think my wine of the year to this point. This is simply outstanding in every way, from thelight violet hue, to the ethereal nose of dark fruits, spice and earth, to the palate, on which a myriad of flavors battle for your attention. Simply stunning. The fruit is pure as it gets, not overly concentrated, just fresh and big, but the size of it is well kept in bounds by a cornucopia of spice and earth elements. A 40 second finish, and lively acidity caps off this nearly perfect wine. At $40, this is an unbelievable bargain, especially for a wine which comes from vines planted in the 1850's, all pre-phylloxera. Unquestionably a producer to watch, and since the wines are quite limited, better jump on them while you can.
raspberry, cherry on the nose with vanilla, leather, and spice playing a supporting role. smooth and well balanced, though somewhat alcoholic. Still enjoyable, but I think it may be a little past its prime for my taste.
Decanted for 2+ hours. Ruby with slight bricking at the rim. Silky palate with intense musty blackcurrant and tart mulberry. No oak evident, yet enough acidity to carry this into the next decade. Unfortunately the fruit is almost too sweet. It seems to be missing a lot of the complexity, unlike the last bottle we had. These wines are an enigma as my first bottle of the 06 was disappointing while the second was wonderful. With this 05, the first was superlative however this one was less than impressive.
quite nice...nose of leather, vanilla, spice, alcohol, tobacco and concentrated red berry fruit esp. strawbs and rasps. in the mouth v.savoury and meaty like a good grenache dominated cndp. jolly nice but nothing super flash.
nose - burnt sugar, lemongrass, exotic liqueur type nose mouht - long and concentrated blackberry liqueur meets red licorice. mouthwatering spiceness is noteable. slightly candied. i a few years ago would have been more in awe. could use better acidity for food.
This wine alerts you that it's not French but mixing an equal amount of fruit in with the typical funkiness of Grenache. It's very smooth on the palate with a fairly long finish. It was great with food but it was almost equally good by itself.
Very interesting wine. This must have some Syrah blended in because anyone would have pegged it for Shiraz blind. I found the dose of olive in its aromatics was so overpowering as to drown out anything else going on, while others at the tasting got a lot of meatiness. It was quite surprisingly light-bodied for a wine with such strong flavor in the mouth. No score, because while I didn't like it, I think that says more about my palate than it does about the wine's quality.
Grenache Tasting at Dan's (Chez Dan): Ruby color, with just a slight bricking. The nose is a dead ringer for Syrah: red and black fruit, green olive, spicy bacon. This a bit on the lighter/more medium bodied side for Grenache. Nice complex palate: with redcurrant, tart cherry, cassis, pepper, just a touch of oaky vainlla, a bit of baking spice. A very nice creamy texture underlying the fruit. I would have liked to spend a couple hours with a bottle of this; I think it would show better there than at the end of a comparative tasting following heavier wines. Still very good, and not what I normally expect from Barossa.
This old vine grenache is incredibly smooth and balanced. It is dark red with a slight watery edge. The nose is absolutely stunning and intoxicating with notes of raspberries, spices and oak. This wine is medium-bodied and intensely concentrate with plenty of personality. It is drinking beautifully at this point in time with some signs of aging but should continue to drink well for another five years or so.
Old vines at their best. Light to medium body with a massive nose of ripe red and black berries with a slight gamey edge. Multi-layered palate displaying sweet berries with dried herbs. Little bit of warmth coming through, but overall it's wonderfully balanced. Acidity should give this a bit of longevity. A thoroughly enjoyable, individual wine. All of a sudden the 1/2 dozen I have does not seem like enough...
This ia a marvelous wine. Drank Christmas Day (2009) with a good freind accomanied with roast quail. Beautiful, mouth filling fruit upfront with a silky smooth finish that lingers Great with food, but you may just want to savor the aroma.
Dark ruby red. An unbelievable nose that never quits and that filled the room. Some sous bois/earthy notes then the raspberry ganache and kirsch liquor comes thru with wonderful spice box notes. Mouthfilling and a great finish. Am buying more. We put it aside to drink alone after rather than have it be a side show to dinner.