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  • 2002 d’Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm – Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale (11/25/2020)
    WIMLNR

    Tasted non blind. Followed over 3 1/2 hours. Nose was much better after 90 minutes of air time.

    Nose started with a heavy nail polish that dissipated with 90 minutes of air time followed by aromas of Kirsch, plum and a hint of acacia flowers. Flavors of tart black berries, raspberries and cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Comes across as a bit hot although the bottle says alcohol is only 14.5%. I think we pushed the age limit for this bottling. Drink now with a 90 minute decant.

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  • 2014 Sine Qua Non Syrah Capo dei Putti Eleven Confessions Vineyard – USA, California, Central Coast (11/12/2020)
    WIML95

    Tasted non blind.

    Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of bacon, leather, black currants, black cherries and white pepper. Flavors of black currants, black cherries and black raspberries. Medium acidity, firm tannin, full bodied. Drink with air or continue to hold. (95 points)

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  • 2014 Ca’ Marcanda (Gaja) Promis Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT (11/4/2020)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of lavender, plum, white pepper and black currants. Flavors of plum, boysenberries and raspberries. Medium to tart acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

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  • 2009 L’Aventure Optimus – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (10/6/2020)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of aspirin, tobacco, black pepper and dark plum. Flavors of dried plum, black berries and currants. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with some air or continue to hold. (93 points)

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  • 2007 La Motte Pierneef Collection Shiraz-Grenache – South Africa, Coastal Region, Franschhoek Valley (9/21/2020)
    WIML94

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over two hours.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of lavender, Kirsch, roasted meat, camphor and black currants. Flavors of black currants, plums, dried black berries and black raspberries. Medium to tart acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold.

    Decant only for sediment. We brought this bottle home with us direct from the winery. Provenance is impeccable. This bottle was pristine. (94 points)

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  • 2016 TH Estate Wines Syrah Three-Four – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (8/19/2020)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over 3 hours and revisited the next evening.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of cocoa powder, black currants, black pepper and flowers. Rich flavors of black berries, raspberries, plums and a hint of bitters. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with some air or continue to hold. (93 points)

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  • 2014 Cellers Can Blau Montsant Mas de Can Blau – Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Montsant (5/14/2020)
    WIML91

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over 2-3 hours.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of Earth, camphor, berries and cherries. Flavors of Bing cherries, raspberries and plums. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink over the short to medium term. (91 points)

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  • 2015 Betz Family Syrah La Côte Rousse – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain (3/5/2020)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color, clear throughout. Nose of blueberries, cassis, boysenberries and plums. Flavors of raspberries, boysenberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

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  • 2014 Austin Hope Mourvedre – Syrah – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles Templeton Gap District (3/5/2020)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet to purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of cassis, white pepper, plum and a hint of tobacco. Flavors of boysenberries, raspberries and plums. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink over the short term. (92 points)

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  • 2015 Law Estate Wines Beguiling – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (2/22/2020)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind.

    Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of thistle, roses, currants and plums. Flavors of plums, currants and black cherries. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink now with plenty of air or continue to hold. (93 points)

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