Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review: *** $$ d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005

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Original tasting and review : This is d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2005, finished at 15% alcohol and first sampled 10 years from vintage date, in April, 2015.  The blend is 94% shiraz and 6% viognier.  I liked the 2006 version of Laughing Magpie, but didn't love it when I sampled it some six months ago.  This one is a little bit older in heritage and a little bit further aged.

In the glass: Black magenta, opaque from near the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sweet and succulent black fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be thick and aromatic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact big and balanced between sweet fruit, vivacious acidity and aromatic berries, with the slightest hint of old world twang.  Plenty of alcoholic legs that carry along the fruit.  The finish crawls into your cheeks and pulls the sip along to a slow fade.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars - almost but not quite touches a plus for potency - on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: ***+ $$$$ Buoncristiani Malbec, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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Original tasting and review : This is Buoncristiani Malbec, Napa Valley, California, 2012.  Fleshy and bold.  Rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: ***+ $$$$ Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Red, Napa Valley, California, 2011

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Original tasting and review : This is Buoncristiani OPC Proprietary Red, Napa Valley, California, 2011.  Friendly and balanced California-styled red.  Rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: ***+ $$$$$ Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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Original tasting and review : This is Buoncristiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2012.  Sleek and flush.  Rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: *** $$$ Merryvale Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, California, 2012

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Original tasting and review : This is Merryvale Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, California, 2012. Aromatic and bright.  Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Review: ***+ $$$$ Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Original tasting and review : This is Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2010. Shy and nonetheless bold.  Rates three plus stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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