Shiraz (Irene's House, St. Paul): Very dark red/purple color. Decanted for 1.5hrs. Followed one glass for 75 minutes. This was like rum soaked spice cake on the nose and palate, cherry bon bons, cherry, port like nose. The palate is also somewhat sweet and port like. Cherry fruit, chocolate, ripe, woody, spicy, raspberry, moderate tannins. This was interesting and not too bad, but not something I could get excited about.
A simple but wild beast of a Grenache. We all expect high alcohol fruit bombs from Aussie generally and this label is no exception. Still the jammy blueberries (yes blueberries) threw me off. I thought maybe some syrah/merlot blend was really in the bottle. A wonderful bottle to share with 5 others, but my score would plummet if I were to try to get through a whole bottle myself.
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