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Harry V.
Harry V.
2008 - Highbank Proprietary Red
Best Wine produced by this vintner
Dec 19, 2011
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
If you want to try one of the great Australian cabernet creations this is it. Called 'Family Reserve' these yanks have learned alot from 20+ years of winemaking and wine growing in Coonawarra. Treat yourself to a trip to OZ and a memorable visit to Highbank's Honeysuckle Rise accommodation where this great wine awaits your personal evaluation. A trip of a lifetime.
jorray
jorray
2005 - Thorn-Clarke Cabernet Sauvignon Terra Barossa
Candy apple aromas
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star
The Thorn-Clarke Terra-Barossa Importer's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, is a cabernet sauvignon from the Thorn-Clarke label, whose shiraz I have enjoyed a great deal.In the glass, this shows as a medium dark, though bright, red.The nose is fruity and lifted, sweet plumy - a bit like cru beaujolais. Hint of candy apple.On the palate, there is a distinct note of perfumed fruit - just a touch furry and red, medium in body, sweet in tone. A very "centered" experience, picking up interesting notes in the mid-palate, less in the attack, mouthfeel and finish. Three stars out of five for me.Past vintages have tended to score professionally around 90 points, though I have not yet seen reviews of the 2005. ------------------After a full-day decanting: Nose has taken on an odd, rubbery component. Otherwise muted. Flavors have definitely softened, still good balance. Inky black cherry elements come to the fore.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com
jorray
jorray
2006 - Mollydooker The Boxer
Snuffles experience!
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
June 2007: LIVE Rating: this is dark almost opaque in the glass. The aroma of purple cream, just like the 2005. On the palate, there is a burst of multiple flavors. Plums, chocolate, cream. These are moving across the palate, and moving through time with the tannins. Oh, yes, I'll stay with this, and drink more than I should. 5 stars.This wine was tasted as part of a Mollydooker Tasting Dinner - 2006 Vintage.--------------------------------------------------July 2007: Tasted again from a full bottle at home: Still perfectly opaque in the glass, turning purple just at the rim. The violets and cream nose shows just a touch of light milk chocolate too. A bit of alcohol heat pumps out in the aroma this time, since the bottle is at a warm room temperature, having just come off a UPS truck. This nose is like a pleasant dream. But the good thing is, you'll wake up to a sip!On the palate, you get that chocolate-covered, plumy-sweet grape sensation all over your mouth... top, bottom, sides... the intense, deep fruit stands up to the 16.0% alcohol and lasts and lasts and lasts. No change to the five stars out of five rating. Best wine value on the planet, in one man's opinion.Remember Snuffles the dog who loved dog biscuits on Quick Draw McGraw... he would float down from the ceiling hugging himself after being fed one of those magic biscuits. Well I'm Snuffles and this is the biscuit...More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com
jorray
jorray
2006 - R Winery Suxx Shiraz
SUXX doesn't!
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Hmmm, interesting label; the SUXX Shiraz hails from R Winery. Well, let's see if it lives up to its name.In the glass, SUXX Shiraz pours a deep purple red - almost opaque. Nose is rich and deep of candied cherry.On the palate, a deep, bold, fully-coated flavor of dark chocolate-covered cherries. Alcohol is noticeable (not surprising at 15.9%) and it carries the slightly furry fruit into the corners of your mouth. Not huge character, but a robust, hedonistic sip. Since I'd stick with it for a day, that's four stars out of five. At its modest price, that puts it in my best value category.So I have to say, for the record, SUXX doesn't.But WARNING, I'm obviously a fan of bold Aussie shiraz, and I haven't had one in awhile. I am not comparing this to a reference wine, so absence may not only make the heart grow fonder, but the rating higher.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com.
jorray
jorray
2006 - Yellow Tail Shiraz
Extraordinary for the price
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is the second in my "take one for the team" series of reviews of Yellow Tail wines, an Australian line that checks in at the "practically free" price point. My earlier review was of the Yellow Tail Merlot, a good - though not great - value.This time we'll check out the Yellow Tail Shiraz, vintage 2006. In the glass, it does show a deep purple magenta, not quite opaque. In the glass, a black raspberry and prune candy aroma pumps out, quite sweet in its tone and reminding me somewhat of the Juan Gil Jumilla from Spain.On the palate, there is a furry, lightly oaked dark fruit as the first note, hitting squarely in the mid-mouth. A sweetness and modest tannic cloak circulates the flavors into the rest of your jaw. Just a slight touch of acids joins the tannins and fruit for a balanced finish. Three full stars out of five. Extraordinary for the price. Since the three stars *** are two notches higher than the price category $, this qualifies as a great value. No surprise that this is such a big seller.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com.
jorray
jorray
2006 - Yellow Tail Merlot
Taking one for the team...
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is called, "taking one for the team"...This is the merlot entry in the "practically free" Yellow Tail line of Australian varietals, one of the more widely-consumed wines in the United States, and purported a reasonably good value. Let's see what we've got...In the glass, this looks like a serious contender, deep mahogany/purple at the edges, and becoming opaque within a quarter inch or so. The nose is fairly shy, offering slightly dark, plum aromas, reminiscent of a somewhat creamy Beaujolais.On the palate, is a solid frontal note of charred cherry, backed by a touch of sweetness and acid. The flavor then curls up into a sort of acidic marshmallow ball at the top of your mouth. Not much in the way of a finish. Pleasant enough for two stars, a plus because of its aromatic intrigues; I don't think I'd seek it out again so it stops shy of three stars, which would have made it a stand-out value.So, there you have it: "practically free" wine... tolerable drinking.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com.
Andy S.
Andy S.
2007 - Yellow Tail Merlot
Yellow Tail Merlot - Best taste for the money
Jan 30, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Best Merlot for the money....fruity flavor without comprimising the kick of a merlot
Mike P.
Mike P.
1992 - Penfolds Grange Hermitage
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

Crumbly cork.

Still dark with nary a inkling of age. A nose of flower petals, lavender and calla-lilies which only got better as this sat in my glass for a hour plus. The palate had a wonderful depth of fruits: some black cherry, creme de Cassi's, and red plum. There was a lilty graphite note which was meshed beautifully with some lavender, tar, and earth, good earth that is. An extremely elegant, delicate and lovely wine with super balance and class. A minute plus on the back. This came out of the gate a winner and never fell behind. Wow. WOTF & WOTN 95pts

Bill T.
Bill T.
2006 - Reynolds Chardonnay
a great white
Oct 25, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
a perfect blend of apple and  pear lightly coated with citrus
Cory G.
Cory G.
2005 - Hazyblur Shiraz
Jul 15, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Very dark red, almost black, with a bright pink rim.  Incredibly multilayered nose that you can feel go into your head and down your throat!  Intoxicating nose of dusty, sweet cherry and blueberry, dark flowers, ample spice, a hint of wood, pork fat, and a tiny bit of powdered chocolate.  On the palate it's huge and lush, filling the mouth with velvety flavors.  The finish lasts for over a minute with a sweetness balanced by ample acid that's quite pleasing.  Any tannins are very soft.  This is an opulent, delicious wine with personality.
Tim A.
Tim A.
2004 - Schild Estate Shiraz
Jul 04, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Cory G.
Cory G.
2007 - Terlato & Chapoutier, Domaine Shiraz / Viognier
Rhone Style blend, absolutely delicious!
Jun 15, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
For QPR, this is a five-star wine!  Medium red with lots of meaty syrah flavors complimented by pepper, cherry, cola, and dark fruits.  VERY GOOD.  The Viognier adds a lot to this blend and this wine has oodles of character.  Think Rhone, not Australia.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Jack B.
Jack B.
2006 - Turkey Flat Vineyards The Turk
The Turk is not a turkey
Jun 11, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
this was a nice (and reasonably priced) find at a new tapas/Moroccan bar in McLean, VA. Fabulous with chorizo/chicken/shrimp paella and three tapas appetizers ranging from sardines to lamb-stuffed sweet peppers. Sharp earthy/blackberry tones that shared the spices without fighting with them.  Seductive nose to make you think you'd have it as an aperitif on other nights. Got to find a case now for home use.
Cory G.
Cory G.
2006 - Redbank Sauvignon Blanc Long Paddock
May 21, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Pretty delightful.  Bright yellow / green, with strong notes of lemon and citrus peel on the nose.  Incredibly refreshing, the bright citrus continues on the palate with Mexican lime and some really nice acid.  Had me almost fooled for an unoaked Australian Chardonnay, but this is up my alley.
Cory G.
Cory G.
9998 - Penfolds Koonunga Hill Merlot / Cabernet
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Merlot / Cabernet Blend
Mar 10, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark red core with a pink rim.  This has an addictive sweet nose of concentrated blackberry juice that had me sniffing away.  The juicy dark berry qualities continued on the palate.  Interesting and very tasty.
Joel  K.
Joel K.
2007 - Yellow Tail Shiraz
Jan 15, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Mike Supple
Mike Supple
2004 - Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet
Jan 12, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark purple/ruby core with a ruby rim. Fresh black cherry aromas backed by anise, cassis and a hint of spicy herbs. Easy entry on the palate with lush black cherry over wet stone, cassis and raspberry. Nice juicy finish.
Mike Supple
Mike Supple
2006 - R Wines Marquis Philips Roogle, Shiraz
Jan 09, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
Dark ruby core with a lighter pinkish/garnet rim. Spicy and medicinal on the nose with some black fruits. Very fruity on the palate. A touch of heat leading to a jammy, somewhat cloying sweet spicy finish.
William  W.
William W.
2006 - Mitolo Shiraz GAM
Dec 27, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
a superb wine ready to drink now and will get even better in a few years
Andrew S.
Andrew S.
2005 - Kilikanoon Shiraz Testament
Aussie Shiraz at its best!
Dec 02, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Oh my, this rich, velvety Shiraz is great now, but i'm cellaring my other two bottles for some future special occasians - like 20 years from now!

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