Progressive wine tasting flight featuring:
- David Arthur Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007,
- Three Aussie Shiraz';
- Flinders Run, Southern Flinders Ranges Shiraz 2005,
- HazyBlur Adelaide Plains, South Australia Shiraz 2001,
- Marquis Philips McLaren Vale '9' Shiraz 2002,
- Marquis Philips 'S2' Cabernet Saugivnon 2007,
- Clos De L'Oratoire St Emilion Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux 2000,
- Paloma Napa Valley Spring Mountain Merlot 2003.
Tasted at home w/ L, Eric & Cathy, Bill & Beth, and Dan and Linda, with mini Beef Tenderloin on toast points and artisan cheeses, then at Bob & Gloria's gala end of summer dinner party w/ roast beef dinner.
David Arthur Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007 -
Very light yellow very weak tea color, bright and crisp, aromas and smooth notes of lime and honeydew with hint of grapefruit, turning to subtle tropical notes of guava, kiwi and hint of peach on a moderate acidic finish. Nice complement to soft mild cheeses, red raspberrry and strawberry fruits.
RM 88 points.
HazyBlur Adelaide Plains, South Australia Shiraz 2001 -
Deep dark purple color - full bodied, forward fruit - layer of leather with hint of anise and tar predominate, then give way to smooth black currant, black cherry, hint of ripe plum and black raspberry turning to classic subtle creme' brulee burnt sugar with a long soft vanilla nut finish.
RM 91 points.
Flinders Run, Southern Flinders Ranges, Baroota, Australia Shiraz 2005
Elegant rich thick chewy symphony of flavors of blueberry, sweet currant, ripe plum, red raspberry, a hint of pepper, vanilla, and spice, and a lingering essence of creme brulee' burnt sugar and cedar on the soft finish.
RM 92 points.
Marquis Philips '9' South Australia, McLaren Vale Shiraz 2003
Dark inky purple color, full bodied, chewy, intense complex concentrated flavors of smoke, roasted pepper, and hint of leather flavors predominate diminishing the black berry fruits, with a layer of anise on a lingering full tannin finish. Less fruit focused than other releases of this wine, one of our perennial favorites.
RM 89 points.
93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate October 2004
89 points, Stephen Tanzer's IWC
Another Marquis Philips release, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon shows slight initial tartness upon opening but soon gives way to full bodied forward fruit of black currant, blackberry, layer of cedar and tones of oak and mocha on a lingering finish.
RM 90 points.
See Index of Australian Wines posted on Rick's Wine Journal.
Clos De L'Oratoire St Emilion Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux 2000 -
Great example of 'all ships rise with the tide'... in that so many wines such as this one are exceptionally good in a great vintage. Medium-full bodied, smooth polished, complex but pleasant easy drining with its nicely integrated flavors of blackberry, black cherry, red berry, a layer of anise, kirsch and a hint of spice with a soft tannin lingering finish.
RM 92 points.
Blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon shows very well and is just coming of age at eleven years old.
Paloma Napa Valley Spring Mountain Merlot 2003.
Medium-full bodied , full forward rich, intense vibrant harmonious fruit flavors of black currant, black raspberry and blackberry turning to nutmeg spice, hint of cedar, and sweet oak on a long lingering flavorful tannin finish.
RM 92 points, 90 points Wine Spectator: