06 July 2006

TN: Everyday stuff

[Rosemount]Rosemount 2004 “Diamond Label” Shiraz (South Eastern Australia) – Dense, slightly charred blueberry with some sour/stale characteristics and a slightly spicy, but overly flat finish. This might improve with a bit of age, but it seems unlikely. (7/06)

Rosemount’s “Diamond Label” used to be a solid, reliable performer. It still is, I suppose, but the quality has slipped…making it reliably mediocre. It’s a shame, too, because simple, fruity shiraz from Australia can be one of life’s least complex pleasures. Alcohol: 14%. Closure: extruded synthetic. Importer: Rosenthal. Web: http://www.rosemountestate.com/.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2002 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley) – Nasty, fetid oak with a vile bitter streak. Horrid. (7/06)

Really, what more is there to say? Alcohol: 13%. Closure: cork. Web: http://www.ste-michelle.com/.

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