Wine tasting descriptors are kind of a poetry affair latley.
From Wine Spectator 100 wines of the year.
Mollydooker Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnival of Love -
Sinewy, lithe and expressive, packing red berry, black cherry and cardamom aromas and flavors into a tightly focused package.
The finish expands and powers up, driving a long and meaty finish.
Displays muscle and poise. Drink now through 2022. 4,729 cases made. —HS
Quinta do Vale Meão Douro -
A lush, seductive red, filled to the brim with an array of dark fruit and kirsch flavors, accented by plenty of cream and spice notes.
Silky tannins and molten chocolate hints add richness.
The long finish echoes with mineral and white pepper details.
Best from 2015 through 2022. 2,300 cases made. —KM
Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape -
A stunner, with a gorgeous cassis aroma that soars from the glass, reinforced by a core of cherry
and plum pâte de fruit, hoisin sauce, warm ganache and well-roasted apple wood notes.
Hefty, but suave and seamless.
The finish lets graphite and licorice elements glide through.
The structure is dense, polished and perfectly integrated, resulting in lovely length.
Should be a beauty after cellaring.
Best from 2017 through 2032. 6,000 cases made. —JM
I'm trying to imagine: plum pâte de fruit, hoisin sauce, warm ganache and well-roasted apple wood notes.