My experience here was different than my expectations. This drinks more like an Aussie cab than a Shiraz, but lighter in style. If tasting blind, I’m not actually sure I could even take this to Australia. The use of American Oak kind of leads you there, but the richness I expected from the shiraz isn’t evident. On the nose, sweet American Oak notes of coconut/dill spice, as well as ripe dark red and black fruits, sandalwood, and a musky/earthy note. Again, the palate was a bit lighter than expected with similar notes to the nose. Faint licorice and dill on the finish. Quite integrated now, and not sure it gets better with time, just different. — 15 hours ago
A Margaret River-producer from the beginning, whose inception was coached by Mondavi; deep purple; nose of dark mulberry, black currant, ripe cherries, black pepper, anise and nutmeg; showing great on the palate, forceful yet elegant, with tannins, ripe fruit, acid levels and alcohol in good harmony, and a long dry finish. Promising future. — 18 days ago
Sitting in the summer rain drinking some Aussi. Not up there with the 04, but still a good one to open during a SO Cal deluge of 1/8 on of an inch of rain ☔️
From the winery: "This single vineyard wine, located next to our winery block on Roennfeldt Road, was planted by Dave Powell in 1994 with cuttings off old RunRig vineyards - some of the oldest genetic material in Australia. The Barossa's first co-fermented Shiraz/Viognier, Descendant has been joined by many more in the last couple of years - a testament to its success. Shiraz is crushed straight on top of Viognier, which has been lightly pressed for RunRig. The blend of fruit is then co-fermented and later the wine is matured for 18 months in barrels that had been previously used for RunRig. The deep red clay soils in this vineyard produce fruit which is very savory, textured and rich, a satin-like texture and a glorious perfume. Of all the Torbreck releases this is one that really needs patience. Its immediate charm can be enjoyed upon release with a few hours breathing, but after the first 6 months, the rest should be locked away for at least 5 years." — 14 days ago
My first Charbono. On the nose there are ripe plum, stewed blackberry, and blueberry jam that is reminiscent of Petite Sirah - the bottle is a blend of Charbono from Calistoga, Petite Sirah from Lake County, and Syrah from Oak Knoll. In typical Prisoner wine fashion, the palate is lush and flamboyant, with flavors of rich dark fruits, dark chocolate, sweet spices, and smoke. Fresh high tone acidity balances the richness really well.
Very good experience. Will sit on the remaining bottle for couple years. — 20 days ago
Just concluded the annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again.
(Notes this year were avoided, but scores are honest.)
Still years to go on this one... — 3 days ago
Deep Ruby in colour. Sweet rich blackberry notes as well as liquorice and chocolate aromas. Rich sweet and full bodied from this warm Barossa vintage- a solid core of ripe black fruits which will keep this wine maturing for years. That solid core of fruits, after 13 years is starting to fragment and give this lovely earthy red and black fruited perfume - still a long way to go into the early 2030s. The first of 4 bottles in my cellar. Next in a few years. — 16 days ago
Wow! Tasted blind and I kept going back-and-forth between northern Rhône and Barossa. ￼ at first the nose was full out, with black and blue fruit, black olive and eucalyptus￼. Then the palate brought me back with a lot of restraint, slightly grippy tannins and good acidity. Finally it started showing more vanilla, spice and just ripe blue fruit, leaving me wanting for more. Good teaching moment for what Barossa Valley can achieve when things are in balance￼￼￼ — 5 days ago