Thursday, August 16, 2012

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **** $ Bored Doe, Origin Coastal Region, South Africa, 2005 (BEST VALUE)

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By way of background, opening thoughts: You'll find a number of attractive red varietals coming from South Africa in recent years.  One wine group, Charles Back's Goats Do Roam Wine Company, makes good fun of its distance from Bordeaux, while highlighting the similarity of the wine blends.  Here we'll try one of Goats Do Roam well-known pun reds, Bored Doe.


Original tasting and review, June, 2011: This is Bored Doe, Origin Coastal Region, South Africa, 2005, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Bored Doe is deep, almost black burgundy, opaque except for the last quarter inch to the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows mellow but classic deep red varietal aromas, fairly muddled.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft and bold.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a mouth-filling initial blast of potent, sweet, banana- and pepper-laced dark red fruit, soft and yielding, but with solid acids and tannins moving along behind.  Luscious, smoky and lingering,

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for its friendly layers.  I believe the six year wait between vintage and drinking served this Bored Doe quite well.  A Spirit of Wine best value.

Following decant, almost three hours at room temperature in glass decanter:   The aroma has grown even more shy.  The palate, however, remains bold, but still laced together quite well, with sweetness, smoke, bananas, acids and alcohol all nicely knit.  With the six years in bottle plus the three hour decant, this just makes the nod to four stars, meaning I'd stick with it for an evening.  This becomes an awesome value at the bargain price. 
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Updated review, over a year later,  August, 2012: Consistent dark color.  Bold flavors, but oxidized nature.  Still bold, bloody red tone on the palate.  Just over the peak, however. 


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