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Old 04-10-2012, 03:43 AM   #46
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My brother just came home from Nappa with a V Sattui 2008 Crow Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel.

Anyone had any experience? We don't get Zin's in Australia, what should I be looking out for when tasting?
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:28 AM   #47
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:20 AM   #48
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So Aussies, new release Grange....

Anyone tasted yet? I was lucky enough to go to an event and sample.

Review below (no rating)

As this was only my second experience with Grange (my bottle of 1986 still untouched at home), I was keen to savour the moment, and derive as much as I could from the small sample I had.

The colour was vibrant and crimson, not as deep and dark as I had expected, the clarity of the wine only broken by the sediment forming in the glass. The wine completely coated the glass, taking an age to slide back into the bowl. The bouquet was immediately intoxicating, firstly a faint hint of fruitcake, an almost fortified smell that eased back to a rich mixture of black and blue fruit. I have read a few reviews that suggest liquorice and cigar box, and while they were noticeable, they were in no way dominant to me. Finally to taste.

It is hard to tell if the flavours that formed were entirely from the wine, or were partly from the weight of expectation: nevertheless the concentration and vibrancy in this glass was an absolute treat. A wine built to live up to 50+ years in a good vintage needs its fair share of tannins, and this wine had them in spades. What impressed, however, was how the fruit handled the weight of these tannins. While tasting, I was trying to recall words I had heard others use to describe this vintage: blackberry – yes, sweet fruits – yes, spice – yes, mocha – yes, creamy oak – YES. Checking off this list was like decoding a cipher. Each sip would completely coat the inside of the mouth, and the flavour would hold its line for an eternity. It appears to me at this stage that a lot of the ratings given to the Grange this year (I’ve seen 91’s through to 96’s) appear to be more relative to previous vintages, rather than comparing it to a scale consistent with the lexicon of Australian wine. That is, the ratings appear to have suffered because of past greatness, not of some fault in this wine.

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Old 05-13-2012, 05:38 AM   #49
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Has anyone here got a cellartracker account?

If so, post your ID numbers below so we can be cellar buddies!

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I happen to love Jacob's Creek Moscatos. I'm into the sweeter wines at the moment
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I like Yellow Tail's red Merlot from Australia, & I have had Frontier's red wines from Argentina, which is very good for your heart, because of the rich soil that it is grown in.

For a sweeter wines I like Sutter Home White Merlot & White Zinfandel
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