88 Points – $28
Dark black in color with a nose of plum, oak and the floral notes fom the viognier. A full mouth of cherry, plum, violets and spice. Good finish. Another good wine from D’Arenberg.
Name: The Laughing Magpie
Grape: Shiraz 93%, Viognier 7%
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
89 Points – $25
Translucent pinky red in color with plum, fresh fruit and mild floral aroma. Creamy palate of cherries, licorice and black tea. Nice finish. Not a bad New Zealand Pinot.
Name: Spy Valley
Grape: Pinot Noir
Region: Malborough, New Zealand
Maker: Spy Valley Wines
83 Points – $16
Smell and taste of cherries and apricots with some spice and pepper on the finish. Not quite there.
Name: Rhone Paradox
Grape: Syrah 50%, Grenache 15%, Mourvedre 20%, Carignan 15%
Region: Rhone, France
Maker: Chateau Mas Neuf
90 Points – $45
Dark Ruby color with a blackberry and leather nose. Tasting of fruit, cherry and blackberry with a long peppery finish. 90 point. A Bourdeau wine from the higher (haut) area of Medoc. Bourdeau wines are a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes with the occasional addition of malbec or other minor regional grapes.
Grape: Red Blend; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Maker: Chateau Bernadotte
Price Range: 45 Dollars
Alcohol: 13 %
91 points – $45 to $50
Dark ruby color with a floral and cherry fruit nose. Flavors of cinnamon, clove and berries. Very well balanced and refined with a long, dry finish.
Grape: Red Blend: Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, Cinsault
Maker: Clos de L’Oratoire des Papes
Price: $45 to $50
91 Points – $80
Deep ruby color with mature a tawny edge. Long slow legs. Nose of leather, tobacco and spice. Flavors of cherry, coffee, caramel and pepper. Long dry controlled peppery finish.
Maker: Cascin Adelaide
Price Range: 80 Dollars
Alcohol: 14 %