Wednesday, July 25, 2018
I first tasted d'Arenberg wines about ten years ago and fell in love instantly. Fast forward a decade, they have an incredible offering of wines and price points for just about every taste bud and pocket book. The Dead Arm Shiraz is wildly popular and this 100% varietal is leaping out of the glass with spices, black fruit, coffee bean and damp earth. This is one of those wines that get better with each sip (if that's possible) and you can't help but to be mesmerized by the deep purple color, so much that you find yourself helplessly swirling this wine throughout the drinking experience. It's enchanting! Ripe, dark berries with hints of farm pasture are on the flavor wheel with this one and there is a definitive, long and welcoming spicy and slightly woody finish that begs for more. There is absolutely no doubt that this wine is going to evolve into a beautiful butterfly and despite the wonderful flavors you experience now, it will be more incredible in 10+ years. By then, it could be considered "the" perfect wine!
McLaren Vale, South Australia
Suggested retail price: $70.00
Drink The Bottles score: 95/100
Saturday, May 12, 2018
I fell head over heels for Mollydooker wines about seven years ago. It was an accidental tasting on my previous wine blog, Midwest Wine Guy, that allowed me to taste a bottle from everything they produced, and I was like a kid in a candy store. Fast forward to the 2016 Carnival of Love and once again, I am completely enamored by the quality, value and overall loveliness of Mollydooker wines. Gorgeous dark purple colors with plum, vanilla, country gravel road and raspberries that you just picked and squished in your hands are the wonderful, wafting aromas that leap out of the glass. The balance on this wine is incredible and despite a 16% alcohol content, this wine does not come across as hot or with any type of medicinal feel. This is truly skilled wine making at its best. The mouthfeel is full, warm and inviting. Flavors of raspberry cream, vanilla custard, earthly herbs and grilling spices blend beautifully and leave you wanting more....and more! You cannot and will not go wrong with this Shiraz. And yes, I did the Mollydooker shake!
McLaren Vale, Australia
Suggested retail price: $75.00
Drink The Bottles score: 94/100
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