Medium ruby colour is good for a commercial wine of this age. A rather confected, jammy and commercial nose, with adequate varietal definition, but there is a roasted quality to the fruit. It doesn't spell cool-climate on the nose - just commercial shiraz. Lightish to medium bodied, but a bit thin. The acidity points to a coolish climate style, but the disappointing commercial flavour underlies it from start to end. Boring. Poor.
"Non-Baller" Tasting, Take 3; 1/27/2011-1/28/2011 (Weygandt Wines - Washington, D.C.): tasted blind. was really surprised when it was unveiled. the color was light ruby with lots of chunky sediment. tea bags, raspberries and a hint of smoke on the nose. the palate showed raspberry jam, candied cherries and tea. tannins are soft, acid is medium. finish shows root beer barrel candies. this was one of those blind-tasted wines that didn't really stand out to me as a good example of any specific grape. i was confused tasting it, thinking of it as showing some aspects of aged new zealand pinot, maybe some barbera, maybe a zin that shouldn't have been aged that long. overall, it was a fun wine. i always enjoy grand estates no matter what varietal for their simplicity of fruit. interesting to see that they can also hold up for ten years!
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