Sunday, April 6, 2008

Rating: ***+ $ 2003 Boolaroo Shiraz - Victoria, Australia


Review (Feb 2007): In the glass, this is the color of dark muddy brown brick. The aromas are predominantly of black fruit. At this point, it's not promising much in the way of either power or finesse. Let's see... on the palate, a high, slightly dark fruity, plum flavor. A little bit of nice deep purple inkiness in the middle. I'm not noting the long finish that Wine Spectator describes. Pleasant enough, but little to remember. Two plus stars.

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Tasted again, Aug 2007: This time, the color is cleaner, mid/black red. The aromas are of candied black fruit this time, suggestive of more intrigue. On the palate, a smooth roundness to the sweet, black fruit. Lingering liqueur. Moderate finish. Yes, I'd try again. Three stars out of five now. Good QPR.

By comparison, Wine Spectator awarded 90 points and said, "Velvety and round, with impressive depth of olive- and pepper-scented blackberry and cherry flavors, hinting at licorice on the long finish. Drink now through 2010. 1,000 cases imported."

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Tasted yet again, April 2008: The liqueur-fruit aroma has moved towards muddled black cherries. Inviting. Still the inky, dark middle. Yes, finish is drawing out a bit. This one will get even better with a few years. Now I'm adding a plus for promise to the three stars.

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