2004 John Duval Wines Entity Shiraz - Barossa Valley, Australia
Decanted 4 hr’s. Floral and powerful nose of blue & black berries and smoke. Rich, deep, succulent blue & black berry flavors elegantly balanced with white pepper, smoky spice, some vanilla, a hint of violet and silky smooth, velveteen tannins. A consistent palate throughout with ample depth and acidity for a long life in the cellar. S94 4/15/2006
It's good to try them young too and then let them age - James ********
Infanticide can be very satisfying - Robert Parker
I drink mine young to avoid disappointments - James Laube
Popped and poured. Dark fruits, coffe and vanilla notes. Very balanced and a more syrah-ish style, I would not have guessed Aussie if the tasted blind.
You almost take how solid this wine is forgranted. I literally thought, "Well, this is fine but not spectacular," until the next bottle, a 2003 Craneford Merlot, reminded me that a wine with no flaws is something special.
Try the 2005, another WOW wine from Mr. Duval.
Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends. - Tom Waits
2004 John Duval Wines Shiraz Entity - Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley (12/18/2012)
-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over five hours on Day 1; and then tasted again on Day 2 --
NOSE: oaky; non-descript ripe purple fruits; clean; cassis; tarry black licorice; not complex.
BODY: black-violet color of great depth; medium-full to full bodied.
TASTE: oaky; ripe purple fruits; fruity; not leathery; adequate acidity; still primary --- doesn’t taste aged at all; sweet molasses/black licorice; creamy French oak; 5 hours in, a slightly smoky element has emerged; has, perhaps, aged to a primary-but-not-fresh stage of its life, and it’s not pretty; 14.5% alc. is well-hidden; little-to-zero tannin remains; drink in the near term? --- this does seem to be well-balanced, so maybe this could go longer – I don’t know. Day 2 was more of the same, with the oakiness standing-out more than any other characteristic. Overall, I was somewhat disappointed by this; I’ve been impressed with having tasted a few different vintages of this wine when each was newly-released, and I’ve always thought this could age well: this bottle has me re-thinking that opinion.
B: 50, 5, 11, 15, 7 = (88- pts.)
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