Monday, January 23, 2006

2004 Oxford Landing "GSM" (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre) South Australia

A very good buy in a gutsy red. Nice nose of peppery raspberries & kirsch, and steely, smoky minerals. The flavors are a bit less open and friendly than the nose would have you believe, with a somewhat austere streak of dry raspberry extract and leather pervading. Clean, simple, yet relatively persistent finish. I think the flavors may soften up over time, as it seemed to get softer with 1-2 hours of air time. (Wines that get softer and rounder as they sit after being opened tend to do the same, only slower, with time in the bottle.) 86+ Was $6.83 at Spec's on Smith, though it's probably available at most other Spec's locations too, I suspect.)

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