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  • Dec 4, 2010 at 3:00am

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    StevenBabb's Review:
    Added Dec 4, 2010 at 3:00am
    Australia and Shiraz are synonymous, and Ylumba understands this. The "Patchwork", Shiraz, 2008, is everything you would want in an Australian Shiraz. The nose is packed with jammy fruit, and a little cinnamon graham cracker. The palate doesn't fail with ripe plum and sticky blackberry and dark cherry. Gripping tannins and great acidity let you know that this should be enjoyed by those who are ready for a strong minded shiraz. I would pour this with some nice, smokey, barbecue, or a well seasoned steak, and let this wine speak for itself!

  • Dec 4, 2010 at 2:35am

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    StevenBabb's Review:
    Added Dec 4, 2010 at 2:35am
    Slowly becoming my favorite winter wine, the cabernet/shiraz blend, and this label from Yalumba will quench that craving. With a bit more cab (65%) to shiraz (35%) your're going to get a little more weight on the palate, but still some nice fruit to even things out. "The Scribbler", 2008, offers A nice thick and fruity nose invites you into the glass. There's cooked cherries, with a little blue berry and baking spices, with a touch of fennel. A solid palate caries strawberry with black berry, and a little dark plum. A hint of black licorice lends ways to some pleasing tannins, that may get even better as time goes on. I would definitely pour this with grilled meats, or maybe serve it with a nice veal dish, or maybe with a slow braised short rib!

  • Dec 4, 2010 at 2:08am

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    StevenBabb's Review:
    Added Dec 4, 2010 at 2:08am
    I have mentioned to a few colleagues that the cabernet/shiraz blend might just be the next big thing in the year to come, and the 2004 Yalumba "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz is helping to prove my case. At 54% Cabernet and 46% Shiraz, it's almost equal parts, and both grapes lend their characteristics well. The nose is a nice, spicy, cherry and vanilla, with just a touch of a menthol eucalyptus. The palate shows bing cherries and wild plum with chocolate notes on the mid palate. The inviting finish shows a hint of blue berries, with a soft tannin structure. I would happily pair this wine with gamey meats, like lamb, and maybe even a smokes kurobuta pork dish. Weather you pair it with your next meal, or enjoy it on by itself with friends, the 2004 Yalumba "Signature" is sure to please!

  • Jun 23, 2010 at 6:26pm

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    StevenBabb's Review:
    Added Jun 23, 2010 at 6:26pm
    Here's another wine with the backing of Domaines Barons de Rothschild. This one coming from a small valley within the Colchagua Province, Caneten Valley in Chile. Unfortunately, I can only give this wine 2 glasses. On the surface, it was pleasing to taste, but it shows a little more like a sauvignon blanc than a chardonnay. On the back of the bottle, there's mention that the winery was planted with ungrafted pre-phylloxera Bordeaux rootstock, so that may have something to do with the sauv blanc-ness to this wine. Now it's not completely devoid of chardonnay, with a little honey and apricot on the nose, and a little fuller body in the mouth, but to me it seems to end there. The rest of the fruit on the nose was more tropical, with melon, hints of grapefruit and lime. A little tart in the beginning of the palate, and moving on to citrus and honey rounding it to a medium finish. This would be a good everyday drinking wine for the casual consumer, but in my opinion not very varietal specific. But it is a 2009, maybe with a little more age at the winery would help turn this fresh fruity wine into more of a noble chardonnay.

  • Nov 19, 2009 at 4:30pm

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  • Nov 10, 2009 at 4:38pm

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    StevenBabb's Review:
    Added Nov 10, 2009 at 4:38pm
    I can't say enough about this wine.... well, almost any Spanish wine for that matter. The beauty of Ribeira Sacra is that it's terroir shifts the Mencia varietal towards a Burgundy or a red from the Loire. The further east you go, the grape leans more to a Bordeaux, or California Cab. Steep, stony slopes, canyons and rivers make up these "Sacred Banks", (or Ribeira Sacra for my Spanish speakers). This part os Spain was untouched by phylloxera, made it through the Spanish Civil War, and is rooted very deep in tradition. I feel that all of this really comes through in the wine. (I'm a sucker for a good background story) In fact, many of it's terraces and bridges were constructed by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago! Initially thought to be a relative of Cabernet Franc, the Mencia is a juicy red and a great accompaniment to meaty dishes. A light, silky palate with a nice balance of raspberries, tart red cherry, a little white pepper, and great mineral structure. Spanish wine can be great to share amongst friends, and can really make you look like a seasoned wine pro at dinner party's! SALUT!

  • Nov 10, 2009 at 2:00pm
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    StevenBabb's Review:
    Added Nov 10, 2009 at 2:00pm
    The fruit and minerality of this wine balance beautifully. I have to say that I enjoy all wine varietals for all of their unique attributes, but to me, the Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Blanc is what a Sauvignon Blanc based blend should taste like. And you can't beat the price point!

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