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Red
2006 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden Barossa Valley
10/3/2016 - CAL-RHONE Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank along side a 2009 Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard (unfairly maybe) so probably got knocked down a point or two due to it's company. Fruit forward and spicy oak all integrated well at this point. Impressively fresh for a 10 year old wine. Again, maybe unfairly, but seemed pretty straight forward next to the Cayuse but still a solid wine that was a pleasure to drink. I don't see it evolving much more with age.
  • chelidon commented:

    10/4/16, 4:40 PM - Funny -- I was considering pairing those exact same two wines. Thanks for the info.

White
2013 JC van Staden Viognier Lodi
11/16/2014 - bobflan Likes this wine:
87 points
Dark garnet color. chocolate cherry aroma. dry, medium body, smooth tannins and acidity. Jammy at the end.
  • chelidon commented:

    12/26/14, 8:40 AM - Hoping this wine was not garnet in color...ew.

Red
2009 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
9/25/2014 - chelidon Likes this wine:
89 points
Lovely Rioja nose, leather and fruit up front, a hint of licorice on the finish. Good acid-tannin balance, enough structure that it should age nicely for a few more years, but drinkable now after some time to open. I believe WS gave it a 90, and that seems close. Local store currently has it on sale for $15, which is a steal, will have to put some away.
  • chelidon commented:

    11/6/14, 1:59 PM - Based on how it's tasting now, my best guess on end date would be 2017-2019, with peak towards the latter half of the 2015-2017 range. Several of the other recent vintages have been going over the hill at a bit prior to the 10 year mark, and judging by the slightly heavier structure of the 2009, I think we're looking at about the same, maybe an extra year or two at most. I opened a bottle of the 2004 the other night and it was definitely on the downhill side -- not markedly, but I'm not going to hold any back. Cheers! Great bio, by the way.

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