Monday, February 06, 2006

2002 Turkey Flat Vineyards Barossa Valley Grenache (S.E. Australia)

WOW! This wine was amazing. Rich, saturated ruby color. Decadent nose of raspberry & blackberry jam, seashells, and warm bread, but with tart, crisp apples in the background. (The tart apples component must be the telltale hint that the winemaker discretely added some acidity, since the wine was 15% alcohol, and at that level of alcohol, the wine probably wouldn't have any appley characteristics on its own). Deep, inky flavors of salty raspberry liqueur and loamy earth. Rich, long, palate-coating finish, with everything in balance. 93. Made from 90 year-old Grenache vines. Except for France's Chateauneuf du Papes, nobody does Grenache like the Aussies. Was about $22 at Whole Foods on Bellaire about a year ago, so this vintage is no longer available (sorry) at that location.

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