Posts Tagged 95

2014 Wakefield St. Andrews Shiraz, Clare Valley

An opaque dark purple in the glass, lightening to a bright crimson at the rim. Scents of black pepper and eucalyptus lace fleshy mulberry, black plum, and blackberry fruit. Velvety on the palate, it fills the mouth with thick black berry fruits,... Read more

2013 Wakefield Shiraz ‘St. Andrews,’ Clare Valley

Opaque crimson/black hue. The heady nose is full of mashed blackberries and black plums laced with black pepper, cedar, and roast coffee aromas. Full and mouth-coating, the distinctive Clare Valley fruit settles down to a more refined palate... Read more

2011 Saxum “Broken Stones,” Paso Robles

A blend of 78% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, and 4% Petite Sirah. Alcohol 15.6%. Inky purple/black in the glass. It sports an effusive nose, full of concentrated, syrupy blackberry and boysenberry fruit, soapy lavender, polished leather, pectin, and... Read more

2010 Wakefield Estate ‘The Visionary’ Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Exceptional Parcel Release,’ Clare Valley Estate, Australia

Lavishly oaked, this wine has a sweet and seductive aroma, and one senses a rich core of dark fruits bubbling beneath the oak cloak. Plush rather than fleshy, the palate reveals minty eucalyptus and oodles of blackberry, boysenberry and loganberry... Read more

1999 Chateau St. Jean ‘Special Select Late Harvest’ Riesling, Belle Terre Vineyard, Alexander Valley

More than 14 years after it was made, this iconic Sonoma County dessert wine has taken on a Sauterne-like quality, lighter in the mouth than more recent vintages, kept fresh by its still-present acidity. Nearly identical in color to a sister... Read more

2009 d’Arenberg ‘The Dead Arm’ Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Opaque purple/black hue. A deep, concentrated red, the nose offers up scents of syrupy mulberry and blackberry fruit, dark flowers, forest wood notes, and high-toned spice. It’s full in the mouth, coating the palate, where a sweet note of black... Read more

1998 Dom Perignon Champagne, France

Can one have too much of a good thing? The 1998 bottling is fresher, sassier and showing much more fruit up front than the 1996, as one would expect. Think fleshy tart cherry and ripe apple. MSRP: $120 (November 2006) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2003 Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Riesling, Auslese, Bernkasteler

An amazing wine, with measured power and elegance. Perfumed and honeyed, showing ripe apricot fruit. MSRP: $53.99 (April 2006) Wine Lines rating: 95 Group:... Read more

2003 Clarendon Hills Winery Grenache, Clarendon Vineyard, McLaren Vale, Australia

Deep color. Aromas of bright, sassy blueberry and blackberry liqueur, dark flowers and nutmeg. Great plushness in the mouth, picking up fresh black pepper. The finish is satiny. MSRP: $73 (2005) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2001 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Vineyard

(May 2004) A wine of great depth and layering, yet it maintains a brightness and elegance on the palate. Wine Lines rating:... Read more