Black Swan Shiraz 2009

Originally posted at Blogarhythms on 8/27/2010.
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Yes, I’m a sucker for a sale.  And with the next show a few weeks away, I have the chance to do some wine tasting.

Vineyard:      Black Swan
Varietal:        Shiraz
Vintage:        2009
Appellation:  Southeastern Australia
Price:           $7.49

Notes:     Straightforward and easy to drink.  Plenty of nice cherry with pepper notes, especially near the finish.  Almost no tannins to speak of.  Very approachable for all palates.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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Woodbridge Shiraz ’09

Originally posted 7/10/2011 at Blogarhythms.

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Here’s a pleasant California Shiraz to look for.

Vineyard:     Woodbridge
Varietal:       Shiraz
Vintage:        2009
Appellation: California
Price:          $16.50 per Magnum

Notes:     While I think of Shiraz as an Australian varietal, it’s popularity has propelled some U.S. winemakers to begin growing the grapes for our domestic market.  As such, I think this selection from Woodbridge is pretty decent.  For me it has a good core of blackberry flavor with an interesting raisin chaser.  Add to that some spice notes and moderate tannins.   All-in-all an OK experience.

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.