2005 d’Arenberg Shiraz-Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia

You can still find this vintage in some locales, even though three subsequent vintages have been released. That’s not a reflection on the wine, but rather the reality of the marketplace in a struggling economy. The 2005 has an earthy nose that leads to a big, jammy fruit impression in the mouth. Name a berry, and chances are you’ll taste at least a hint of it in this wine, joined by a mild spice note. It’s the perfect barbecue wine, and when we assessed it, also paired nicely with a chocolate brownie.
Retail Price: $19 (October 2011)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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