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  • I've had about 4-5 bottles of the 1999 vintage JH Georgia's Paddock the past year-- I had another one last night. First off, of the handful of bottles, it is apparent that decanting 6+ hours is best. Huge nose of pure black fruit and graphite. The palate was stunningly balanced despite the 14+% alcohol... absolutely no heat... just black fruit, graphite, high toned minerality, and long black cherry finish. Drink up!

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  • Open, rich and attractive nose, subtle and layered, lovely tertiary development, leather, eucalyptus, perfume, crushed red fruit, smoke, excellent depth, mature; the palate is rich and rounded, with velvety tannins and ripe acidity, its elegance belies its weight (15.5% ABV), mature, lovely sweet ripe fruit; good length, more than a hint of back-end heat. Still lovely at 15 years old. My last bottle, but my prediction would be that the alcohol will eventually kick this wine off-balance as the fruit recedes further. Drink up.

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  • Very dark aroma of berries
    15.5% was definitely noticed
    SOME tannins but very good finish

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  • Showing very well, especially on the second day. The deep nose has aromas of red meat, pepper, sweet black fruit, hint of vanilla, gunpowder, expresso; on the palate powerful and rich, satiny and creamy but balanced beautifully by refreshing acidity, finely-grained tannins and a lovely minerally streak that runs through it; very good length, hint of eucalyptus.

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  • Smoky and rich but layered and refined, crushed fruit and leather, velvety, bacon and hickory smoke, rich and finely grained tannins, almost balsamic richness but has the requisite acidity and minerality to avoid clumsiness in spite of 15.5% alcohol; good length, dried fruit, hint of forest floor. Lovely wine, time in hand.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2001, IWC Issue #97, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Jasper Hill Vineyard Shiraz Georgia's Paddock Heathcote) Subscribe to see review text.

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