Clarendon Hills Blewitt Springs Vineyard Old Vines Grenache 2004
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Wine SpectatorFirm tannins provide grip for the dense blackberry and plum flavors, which turn distinctly peppery and aromatic on the long, pointed finish. Needs time to flesh out, but it has the goods. Best from 2008 through 2016. 500 cases imported.
Wine AdvocateAs usual for this cuvee, the 2004 Grenache Blewitt Springs possesses an extraordinary, exotic, flamboyant personality that causes Roman Bratasiuk to say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s his Ã¢â‚¬Å"Dolly Parton-styled wine.Ã¢â‚¬? Terrific notes of blackberries, raspberries, and rich kirsch liqueur are accompanied by an opulent, flamboyant wine with tremendous viscosity and richness as well as a lusty, heady finish. In short, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a mouthfilling, full-bodied red to drink during its first 5-7 years of life.
Wine EnthusiastThis wine boasts fantastic spice-drop character on the nose, seamlessly blending bold blackberry and plum fruit with notes of anise and licorice. Itâ€™s lush and richly textured in the mouth, with a long, spice-driven finish. A wine thatâ€™s wonderfully exotic and approachable now, but one that should last up to 10 years.