Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Review and Rating: **** $$ d'Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz, 2004, McLaren Vale, Australia

What a pretty label! A real departure from the classic d'Arenberg look.

In the glass, a deep, dark mahogany - almost opaque.

On the nose, ripe, oily, sweet plums, with a suggestion of pepper.

On the palate, a big, punching gob of deep, flavorful McLaren Vale fruit in the middle, expanding slightly with the pepper overtones on very tame acids. Overall, the mouth feel is one of a pooled oil slick, not really a vibrant, living creature. The pepper enlivens it. Finish is modest. I still award four stars out of five because I would likely remain with this as my choice for an evening.

Those of you without a new world palate, be forewarned. I predict it will be a disappointment to you.

1 comment:

  1. As a friend 'o' de grape you may dig moi's lill' YouTube version of an ooooooooooold drinkin' song, you'll know the tune.

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