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Goats in Villages Shiraz Pinotage

Goats in Villages Shiraz Pinotage
South Africa
Note: No vintage I could see.

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The artwork on this bottle of wine and the playfulness of the distributor’s name — Goats Do Roam — charm me. For Trader Joe’s, this is a high-end bottle at $9.99. Smells like blackberry gumdrops with a hint of licorice.

I haven’t drunk wine this pleasant in a while — we’ve mostly been on a $5 wine budget until our North Carolina house sells (6 days, knock on wood!). It has a bit too much alcohol heat for me, but my cheeks are tickled by the pleasant peppery mouthfeel, and I’m enjoying a note of beef. Which means drinking this wine is similar to dining on a peppered rib eye. Vanilla, custard, and blackberry layer into those savory notes very well. Ending impressions are dry eucalyptus with an attractive touch of bitterness.

This is a great value. Let it seduce you for all 10 of those dollars.

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Red Diamond Shiraz 2009

Red Diamond Shiraz 2009
Washington State

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This Shiraz has the most interesting nose I’ve smelled in a while. It’s full of leather and juicy blackberry. The wine itself is much thinner than expected for a Shiraz, but it’s nicely matured. Blackberry swoops up then is replaced with whipped cream and spices. Pink peppercorn, a hint of anise. It goes down easily, leaving something sweet on your tongue. That leathery nose is absent while sipping.

The wine is too thin for the berry to demand attention as it should, but it’s pleasant regardless. It’ll go down fast and there’s no shame in letting it.

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McWilliams Hanwood Estates Shiraz 2008

McWilliams Hanwood Estates Shiraz 2008
Southeastern Australia

Curry leaves and pepper come forward in the nose. The taste is interesting: cherry, not fully ripe, is foremost on the palate, but with a spicy tone that actually reminds me a lot of Trader Joe’s Cherry Cider. I can down a jug of that beverage in no time at all, so this is a good sign for this wine. The spice is mellower here than in the cider, more like a hint or undercurrent of cinnamon and cardamom that mellows out the cherry. It is medium-bodied and I really dig it.

3 stars

3 stars


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