2004 d'Arenberg The Sticks & Stones McLaren Vale
Blend: Tempranillo, Grenache, Souzao The palate is immediately fruity with all sorts of red and blackberries, lots of dark cherries, boysenberries and a seam of violets working through. It is rich and juicy with lively, gritty tannins. A very long earth and dried herb end with a twist of liquorice and blackberry completes the finish. This is a big wine built for the long haul. Recommended to be cellared for many years. “Deep ruby. A complex bouquet of blackberry jam, candied licorice, cured toba...
International Wine CellarDeep ruby. A complex bouquet of blackberry jam, candied licorice, cured tobacco, fudge and espresso. Very sweet and lush, with a confectionery tone to the dark berry flavors and a suave, velvety texture. Firms up on the finish but maintains impressive sweetness. This would compare nicely to most new-wave Spanish wines, but here the oak is more successfully integrated here than in many newfangled Iberian examples.
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 87.4 pts. and median of 87 pts. in 9 notes)
Vintage ChartRating for Australia-South Australia-Adelaide-Fleurieu-McLaren Vale: 91 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: young, aging quickly, could be good now<br/>