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Australia’s Two Hands Bella’s Garden & Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz, Le Vieux Donjon CdP, Maison Louis Latour Cote du Beaune: Wine Reviews & Ratings

It’s turned cold early this year in our next of the woods (or should I say desert).  With over a foot of snow in the mountains just outside our window and sub-freezing temperatures having already visited us, it’s time to relish full-bodied, well structure reds (not that I would turn away a great Chablis with mussels and chorizo).  So here we go…………….

Two Hands Shiraz Bella’s Garden, 2004; Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia:

WI Score 93, Release Price $57, 2015 Price $85 (auction)

A classic and classy South Australia Shiraz sharing gorgeous deep cherry, raspberry and plum flavors, hints of licorice, smoke and dried earth.  Very well balanced tannins integrate into this full bodied Aussie gem that just seems to bring it all together.  And the 15% alcohol content stays well hidden underneath.  Pairs well with ribs or beef dishes.

Mollydooker “The Boxer” Shiraz, 2010; South Australia, Australia:

WI Score 90, Release & 2015 Price $24; Mature

Lots of this everyday wine produced and good thing.  It’s simply an outstanding example of a great Shiraz at a very affordable price.  Hearty flavors of blackberry, licorice,  chocolate and light to medium tannins bring every sip to a delicious finish.  I love this wine and why not?

Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2004; Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, Rhone, France:

WI Score: 93; Release Price: $40; 2014 Price: $60

I’ve been waiting to crack open the first bottle of this wine, knowing its reputation.  I decanted the wine, beautiful cherry notes filling the air, poured just a little in the glass, swished it about, spilled it out and refilled with another small sip. Surprisingly enough, the wine seemed a bit tight, not what I was expecting.  I gave it a couple of hours to air out and the true character finally emerged with more pronounced cherry and earthy notes, hints of fig, beef and licorice.  Great style to pair with any class of meat.  A blend of 75% Grenache, 10 % Syrah and an assortment of other allowed grapes.

Maison Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote du Beaune, 2005:

(courtesy of Dr. Dave Muhleman………after the party……..but not really)
Dinner was over, but the party wasn’t.  So it was down to the cellar to look for more wine.  The next bottle was an EXTREMELY rare bottle of 2005  Maison Louis Latour, Chassagne-Montrachet, (Red!!).  My guess is that less than 1% of all wine drinkers have ever tastes a red Chassagne-Montrachet.  It was exquisite!  Lush strawberry, with a hint of cherry, and just enough acidity to clear away any of the peach left over.
(Editor’s note……………these wines seem to run around $40, if you can access them).

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