Shoofly Shiraz 2007
The 2007 Shiraz is a mouthful of ripe, juicy berries tempered by rustic, polished tannins. The nose shows earthy gravel, spicy licorice and dense dark mulberries, while the sweet upfront berry fruit presented on tasting gives way to more complex cedar, earth and spice notes, wrapping up with ample structure and grip. The vibrant, juicy fruit runs the length of the palate and lingers with a "have another glass" finish.
Polished, plush and generous with its cinnamon and citrus peel-accented plum and cherry flavors, hinting at roasted meat on the smooth finish. Drink now through 2015.
Deep ruby. Smoky dark berries and cherry on the nose. A rich fruit bomb of a shiraz, offering sweet cassis and blackberry preserve flavors and a round, supple texture. Delivers real flavor impact and a long, gently spicy finish. This should be served with a grilled piece of red meat.
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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.
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