Wednesday, January 11, 2006

2003 "The Lucky Country" Barossa Valley, Australia (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre)

I was a bit disappointed by this one, in that it was produced by a well-regarded Aussie winery (Two Hands), and was 85% Grenache, one of my favorite grapes.

Light ruby color. Shy nose of juicy fruit chewing gum, raspberries, and sharp leathery scents (which I usually associate with grapes from a hot growing season that have been overextracted, but that's inconsistent with the very light color, so I'm not sure what's going on). Not particularly concentrated, but pleasant to drink. Simple fruit and earth flavors, and a decent finish of raspberry essence. 84. About $12 and change at Spec's Warehouse.

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