Twist and pour ... My first of a three-pack I bought a couple years ago. Found it decent, if overly oaky and a little too viscous/sweet. OK tannins, but lacked acid, and did feel rather out of balance. This isn't a terrible wine, by any means; more a cocktail sipper with a crowd-pleasing, simple palate. It is, though, a terrible value at the current price. At half the price I would have felt a lot better about this purchase.
Excellent wine. I would definitely purchase again. Wonderful bouquet, deep ruby-red color. nice legs. I decanted for 2 hours. medium alcohol on the nose. Good long finish. Next time I will decant longer, perhaps 3 hours and I think this wine will open up more
¤FW - At first a somewhat muted nose. With some time out comes lots and lots of fruit, dried fruit, baked fruit. Very much like a young vintage port. There's also some liquorice and a hint of dark chocolate and tobacco. I find the nose to be somewhat sticky and not really in my taste. Full bodied, a few soft tannins. Very well balanced, and a fresh acidity lifts it in the mouth.
Had bigger hopes for this, but never the less a tasty wine.
World Cup Football BBQ wine dinner (Zorg's place, Umeå, Sweden): Rich, juicy, alcoholic, high-strung, turbo-concentrated Shiraz with a superbly earthy minerality and a long-dong dingalong finish. For keeping. This will turn out GREAT! (meaning, it will turn out even greater than today's performance.) Next btl (of two) in ~2019.
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(d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm) Opaque black red violet color; intense, tart berry, blackberry, blueberry, roasted black fruit nose; plush, ripe berry, tart blackberry, ripe black fruit palate with sweet tannins; needs 3 years; medium-plus finish
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