Same notes as 2-6-14, less essentially: Have never had a bad or even mediocre D'Arenberg wine and this is no exception. This is a full-bodied, bowl of inky black fruit red wine that would pair with spicy or grilled fare. Let it breathe and decanted and it opened up nicely. D'Arenberg reds are best not drunk young, they are concentrated/fully-extracted wines and even the cheaper ones will benefit from a year or two aging. This one is drinking well just now, but worth letting breathe a bit.
Very earthy nose with a hint of black pepper and spice. Taste of dark, red fruits with a very well balanced tannic structure. Just the right acidity to bring everything else into balance. A medium finish. Excellent wine for the price point.
Friends brought this to our 2/7/15 Australian Rhone tasting. It had a ripe, slightly reticent bouquet of plum, blackberry, toast, pepper and spice aromas. The palate was ripe, dry and a little simple with flavors that followed the nose. Our group’s average score was 89.6 points.
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