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Opened and poured w/o decanting.

Deep black-ruby color, semi-opaque, w/quite a bit of fine sediment. Huge nose of black fruits, mineral overtones, and spicy oak.

Rich, blackberry and black cherry notes, cocoa, and spice on the palate. Tannins have integrated nicely, though still present. Full bodied, extremely well balanced, and a long, long finish. 16% etoh, but not a trace of heat. 97-98 pts.

From TNs I've seen and past M-P shiraz experiences, this wine has morphed from a high-octane fruit bomb to one smooth, lush customer. Will hold another 8-10 yrs. easy, but there's no reason to wait a whole lot longer IMHO. What a treat!
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Tasted all four vintages of Integrity as part of a themed dinner. The 2001 was the best of the bunch and at peak IMO.

2001 Marquis Philips Shiraz Integrity - Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale (7/13/2013)
Marquis Philips Integrity vertical (Sarah & Randy's): Notes of mint/eucalyptus, leather, plum and dark fruit with a very subtle funky/bretty undertone that is rather enjoyable. Medium- to full-bodied with nicely integrated tannins and flavors of spice, vanilla, blackberry liqueur, and herbs. Hint of leather coming in on the finish. The most complex and ready of the four- solidly in its window and probably won't improve in my opinion. Should hold at this level for a couple of years, but I see no reason to wait. Drink now-2016. (93+ pts.)
Sarah and Sparky know their s**t. I had a '99 Henry's Drive Reserve Shiraz this past Saturday evening that was a stunner. This wine never had that Vicks 44 profile so I didn't have any expectation of a major paradigm shift, but this '99 is drinking wonderfully now w/at least another 3-5 years of solid pleasure in front of it.

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