My Wine Cellar/Austrailian

스파크 2010. 11. 28. 02:39

2007  D'Arenberg - The Laughing Magpie Shiraz / Viognier




Tasting Note


Wine Advocate : 92

Shiraz-Viognier blends have become quite the ticket in recent years (what to do with all that so-so Viognier) but one of the first and still one of the best is the Laughing Magpie. The opaque purple-colored 2007 The Laughing Magpie Shiraz (90%)-Viognier (10%) offers up an expressive bouquet of smoke, mineral, violets, and wild blueberry. Medium-to full-bodied on the palate, it has tons of ripe blue fruits, spice notes, and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. This lengthy, pleasure-bent effort will be at its best from 2010 to 2020.

D’Arenberg has been owned and operated by the Osborn family since its inception in 1912. The portfolio, with a focus on the Rhone varieties, is wide ranging and value-oriented from top to bottom. The winery produces a bevy of value priced reds and whites that were reviewed in Issue 178. They should not be overlooked. At the higher end of the portfolio there is one white wine on which to report.
Jay Miller Feb 2009


Wine Spectator : 87

Firm in texture, with a bit too much grip to the spicy, slightly gamy berry and pear flavors, persisting impressively. Best from 2011 through 2014. 6,000 cases imported. –HS