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Community Tasting Notes (54) Avg Score: 90.6 points

  • Purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this bottle was double-decanted, allowing two hours in decanter prior to funneling back into the cleaned bottle. It was then presented to our tasting group in double-blind fashion. My taste was non-blind. The wine retains a youthful, deep ruby/red color. On the nose, it shows aromas of ripe boysenberries, tobacco, raisins and damp earth. There is additionally a component of volatile acidity which pushes the limit of tolerance. On the palate, it is full-bodied, massively extracted and packed with dark fruit; however, there is substantial alcoholic heat which becomes front-and-center even at a serving temperature of 55-60°F. Listed as 14.5%, I suspect that the true A.B.V. of this wine is substantially higher. Solid in the middle, it closes with impressive length, but this length (unfortunately) comes at the cost of enduring more heat. Even at this stage there will be fans of well-cellared bottles such as this one. To my palate, it is over-ripe and has become disjointed. Drink now-2015.

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  • Amazing good. I was a bit surprised this was this good at 13 years of age. The fruit and tannins are drapped over a quaility backbone with demonstrates the bones of this wine.

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  • Still a young wine, complexities have emerged in the last few years that make this a delightful wine. It is what it is and it is not a French or Spanish grenache, and should not be expected to be. The sweetness it exhibits was a detractor for my wife. We drank it with a shrimp and pesto pizza with red bells and carmelized onions. It paired wonderfully.

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  • 92 with my grilled steak, 89 out of the bottle.... Decanted and the wine softened and became a layered complex wine. Still, the edgy Grenache came thru and it was good but not what Parker told me to buy 10 years ago with a big score. Or maybe my tastes have changed.....

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  • Grenache from the barossa is very unlike any wine from anywhere else in the world. The flavors are rich and polished. The fruit is lively and on the red or bright side. The wine is anything but tired so no hurries on drinking this... I liked it during the Seahawks game but would be good with anything that you would pair with Pinot.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2003, IWC Issue #109, (See more on Vinous...)

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