Saturday, March 29, 2014

Review: **** $$ Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2010 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Ahh, Barossa shiraz - my wine equivalent of "comfort food".  Today we try one from a well-known Australian producer, Jacob's Creek.

Original tasting and review : This is Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2010, finished at 14.1% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep, raspberry-rimmed magenta, opaque from just inside the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, deep, chocolate covered smoky cherries.  From the aroma, seems like this will be rich, lush and sweet.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact very much as anticipated, but even richer and lusher.  A smoky velvet start to the sip, bringing chocolate and ripe black raspberries as the (background) fruit elements. It moves gently into the cheeks, where some oak and earth help the finish to gently unwind.  For comfort food, it is a gourmet experience.

In summary: Overall, just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz.

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