Nov 14 2008

Wine Spectator loves it; we have it

Published by at 2:40 PM under Red Wines,Savvy Sip Tips,Wine Reviews

Whatever your opinion of wine scores, points, lists or rankings, you have to admit you’re just a little curious, aren’t you? Wondering whether your favorite bottle will rank among the top? Or perhaps you’re looking for the next big thing? Simply surfing for something new to try?

Wine scores and ranks have their place, and right now Wine Spectator’s Top Wines of 2008 is front-and-center.

In ninth place is a gem found at your favorite wine store, Just Grapes. You have to love Mollydooker Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnival of Love 2007 for the name alone. Say it out loud: It just sounds fun and sexy, doesn’t it? Check out the bottle. There is a whole carnival going on there.

Beyond that, it’s a party for your senses. The nose will offer you a lovely bouquet of violets and lilacs, warm you through with hints of leather and game, and seduce you with promises of blueberries and chocolate. This full-bodied wine is strong and yet sophisticated to the taste, too. Tannins are held close to the vest so as not to offend. And the finish? This Carnival of Love just keeps going and going. It’s a relationship that can last as long as 25 years … but who is that patient when it comes to love? Buy a case so you can have some now, then enjoy the festivities again and again, until it hits its peak.

In fact, put that at the top of your to-do list. Surely Shiraz outranks laundry.

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