Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review: **** $$ Twelve Staves Shiraz Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2004

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By way of background, opening thoughts: 

Original tasting and review : This is Twelve Staves Shiraz Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2004, finished at 15% alcohol.

In the glass:  deep burgundy, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright,msweet, bold fruit and a hint of underlying oak.   From the aroma, seems like this will be bold and fresh, despite the eight years from vintage date.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact smoky, soft, lush and elegant fruit.  Showing the deepest of blackberries plus super sweet pomegranate. All in a deep, lush frame, still supported by underlying tannins and gentle, mouth-watering acidity.   Finish pulses in your cheeks for a full minute.  The alcohol, while big, is not overbearing.

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value when you can find it.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Twelve Staves Shiraz Grenache.

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